Local government

A host of candidates will be on the November election docket in Ontario, Nyssa and Vale

ONTARIO – Voters in Ontario will choose between three candidates for mayor in the November election.Local businesswoman Debbie Folden and Eddie Melendrez, a city councilor and Ontario School Board member, have filed to run against Riley Hill, an Ontario contractor seeking a second term as mayor.
Meanwhile, City Councilors Ken Hart, Susann Mills and Michael Braden have filed for reelection. Ontario residents Penny Bakefelt and McShane Erlebach have also filed to run for city council. Mills seeks full election to the seat she holds after she was appointed by the council in 2021 to fill the slot left vacant by the recall of former councilor Freddy Rodriguez.
The three candidates who receive the most votes win the contested seats. In Vale, Mayor Tom Vialpando has filed for reelection and three city council seats will be up for grabs in the November election.
On the Vale City Council four-year terms for seats held by Christine Phillips, Monte Bixby and Jennelle Bennett are up for contention. Phillips and Bixby have filed paperwork to run again, Bennett has not. Vale resident Jeremiah Strohmyer has filed to run.
In Nyssa, four city council positions are up for re-election. Positions held by Mayor Betty Holcomb, Ron Edmondson, Morganne DeLeon and Pat Oliver are in play for the November election. Three other candidates – Juan A. Ramos, Jerry Holms and Mark Shuster have filed for Nyssa council seats.

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