For a while, it looked as if incumbents Andy Cohen and Kelly Fergusson might not have any opposition in their bids for re-election to the Menlo Park City Council, but thanks to local business owner Rick Ciardella, that won't be the case.
Mr. Ciardella, a local landscape architect who sits on the board of directors of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, filed nomination papers with the city clerk's office on Friday afternoon, Aug. 8, beating the 5 p.m. deadline, and pitting him against the incumbents in the Nov. 4 election.
Mr. Ciardella could not be immediately reached for comment.
Mayor Cohen and Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson have publicly declared support for one another's re-election bids, and both incumbents filed their nomination papers on Aug. 7, according to Interim City Clerk Sherry Kelly.
Longtime West Bay Sanitary District board member Ronald Shepherd and Environmental Quality Commissioner Jeff Jahnke had taken out nomination papers, but neither filed papers by the Aug. 8 deadline, Ms. Kelly said.
Mr. Ciardella is a former chairman of the board of the Menlo Park Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as the board's secretary. He served as chairman of this year's Connoisseur's Marketplace, the annual downtown Menlo Park street fair sponsored by the chamber of commerce.
Mr. Ciardella's Menlo Park firm, Ciardella Associates, helped plan and design the Trees for Menlo project to plant trees along El Camino Real. The firm has also been hired to help design Menlo Square, Willow Oaks Field, and facilities at Menlo-Atherton High School, according to the Ciardella Associates Web site.