Modesto voters will not lack for choices when they elect three council members in November. The field includes the three incumbents, a 24-year-old Realtor, a longtime community activist, a bioinformatics scientist who describes himself as a constitutional libertarian, and a Yosemite Community College District trustee who also wants to serve on the council.
But voters may ask why anyone would want to serve. The seven-member council has been divided at times, and council members on occasion make sharp comments or accusations against one another. The meetings can be long and confusing, causing audience members to snigger.