Come Nov. 8, there will be only one contested city election in Los Banos. Dennis Begonia, Jr. will be running against appointed incumbent Refugio Llamas to represent City Council District 2.
Three other Los Banos candidates will be running unopposed. Since current mayor Tom Faria chose not to run and no one else filed by the Aug. 17 extended deadline, Paul Llanez will run unopposed for mayor. Incumbent council member Brett Jones will also be running unopposed, as will incumbent city clerk Lucy Mallonee.
Valadao runs against Martinez
for LB School Board Area 7
Dayna Valadao will challenge incumbent Los Banos Unified Schools District incumbent board member Raymond Martinez in the Nov. 8 election for Area 7 of the District.
All other school board candidates will run unopposed: Anthony Parreira, Gene Lieb and Marlene Smith.
In the election for Merced Community College District Area 5, which represents Los Banos and Dos Palos, incumbent Joe Gutierrez will also run unopposed.