CLAYTON -- The embezzlement case against Vice Mayor Joe Medrano has been delayed, his trial date in Redwood City having been moved closer to the Nov. 6 election in which Medrano and four others are running for three seats.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin Monday but has been postponed until Oct. 1 because Medrano obtained a new lawyer, according to San Mateo Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti.

Medrano expects the trial to end before election day and believes he will beat the case.

If Medrano is found guilty of the felony he would not be able to hold office.

Ballots for permanent vote-by-mail voters will be mailed out beginning Oct. 9.

Prosecutors allege Medrano, 47, collected more than $159,000 in insurance premiums from a client and failed to forward the money to his parent company.

Incumbents Medrano, Howard Geller, Julie Pierce and challengers Jim Diaz and Kevin Liberman are running for three available seats.

David DeBolt covers Concord and Clayton. Contact him at 925-943-8048. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.