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By Stuart Soffer

The November Menlo Park Council Election: The Incumbents Need to Speak Up

Uploaded: May 26, 2014

With the June Election headed to history in a couple of weeks, attention will quickly turn to the November Election. Three seats on the Menlo Park Council will be available. Rich Cline, Peter Ohtaki and Kirsten Keith's terms will conclude. Rich has already served two terms. None have announced their intention to run for an additional term.

There are some interesting artifacts to consider. If all decide to run, and there are no challengers, the incumbents will automatically return for another four years without any vote. Co-pending ballot Menlo Park measures have historically been coupled to candidates. Like-minded candidates with a ballot measures traditionally enjoy a lot of support from the concurrent ballot campaigning. And a popular ballot can bring new faces to office.