Deputy City Attorney Doug White, whose firm retains Hallinan as city attorney, confirmed Monday, Jan. 28, that Hallinan, a registered Democrat who lives in Ceres, planned to open a campaign account for political fundraising before Thursday, Jan. 31.
A primary election will take place June 3, 2014, and the top two candidates will appear on the Nov. 4, 2014, ballot. Cannella’s term ends Nov. 30, 2014.
City Manager Rod Butler also confirmed that Hallinan had told him of his plans to run for the office.
Butler felt the campaign would have little effect on Hallinan’s duties.
“We presume Tom will continue in his role as city attorney with some support from Doug White,” Butler said.
Calls to Hallinan and to Cannella’s office were not returned this week.
White said Hallinan planned to lend his campaign $50,000 to start the race.
Cannella, a first-term legislator, has informed the Secretary of State of his intent to seek re-election.
Hallinan ran unsuccessfully in 2002 against Greg Aghazarian for the state Assembly seat in a district that included the city of Patterson.
State Senate District 12 encompasses the same areas as Assembly districts 21 and 30. The district includes the western half of Stanislaus County, including Ceres, as well as all of Merced and San Benito counties and parts of Fresno, Madera and Monterey counties.
White did not think campaigning would prevent Hallinan from fulfilling his city attorney duties during the primary election season, but he said he would fill in if there were any scheduling conflicts.
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