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School board candidates toss in hats

The candidate rosters have begun to fill for the elections in November to determine the make-up of the governing boards for the Menlo Park and Las Lomitas elementary school districts, according to the website for the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters.

Each school district has a five-member board with three seats to fill.

For the Las Lomitas district, which covers western parts of Menlo Park and Atherton as well as Ladera and other unincorporated communities, the candidates as of Friday, July 16, were incumbent Jay Siegel and Richard Ginn, a managing director and the chief financial officer of Costella Kirsch, a venture capital firm in West Menlo Park.

For the Menlo Park district, incumbent Laura Linkletter Rich is running again, as is former board member Terry Thygesen. Community volunteer Joan Lambert is the third candidate for this board.

Comments

Posted by MP Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I noticed on the San Mateo County Shape the Future site this morning that a 4th candidate has entered the race. I hope to see a candidate's forum and that there will be opportunities to hear from all the candidates on their views about the district and its future directions.


Posted by resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

It's nice to see an actual choice in the candidates for school board this time around. I for one am tired of the school board being filled with MPAEF candidates, who usually run for board positions unopposed. A separation between those making decisions which impact all students the in MPCSD schools and those insiders raising supplemental funds for the district is healthy.


Posted by district parent, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 25, 2010 at 1:49 pm

There have been fourth (ie non-handpicked) candidates in the MPCSD race before. That hapless person inevitably gets hammered, and the three handpicked candidates always win. Always.

Laura, Terry, and Joan are all smart, talented women, but it sure would be nice to have a board that wasn't such a closed clique.


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