Clovis News

3 to seek re-election to Clovis City Council

The Clovis City Council election is still more than four months away, but three veteran council members say they already are planning to seek re-election.

On Monday, the City Council voted to set its election for March 8, 2011.

Harry Armstrong is seeking an unprecedented 11th four-year term. He has served on the council since 1970. Jose Flores, who has been on the council since 1999, said he will seek a fourth term, and Bob Whalen, elected in 2003, will try for his third term.

Under the rules approved Monday night, the candidates' filing period begins Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 10. If an incumbent does not file by Dec. 10, other candidates for the seat have until Dec. 15 to file.

In 2009, the Fresno County elections division oversaw the election and will once again in 2011. Before 2009, the city contracted with a company to run the election.

The cost of the city's stand-alone election is not expected to exceed $120,000.

Council members requested fewer precincts as a way to save money.

City Clerk John Holt said fewer precincts could possibly reduce costs to $90,000 to $100,000. Holt said a majority of ballots -- 60% to 70% -- are mailed in by voters.

"The number of voters showing up on election day is vanishing," he said.

In 2009, Council Members Lynne Ashbeck and Nathan Magsig were re-elected and a measure to add a penny to the city's sales tax failed.