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Sierra Club endorses Keith, Masur for supervisor

By Barbara Wood

Special to the Almanac

The Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed Kirsten Keith in the crowded race for a seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, Menlo Park Mayor Keith announced in press release on April 8.

What Ms. Keith didn't say, however, is that the Sierra Club has also endorsed another candidate, Redwood City School Board member Shelly Masur. At least one local newspaper ran the news of Ms. Keith's endorsement without mentioning Ms. Masur, and was asked to run a correction by the Sierra Club.

"Both are really good candidates -- the county would be lucky to have either of them," said Melissa Hippard, endorsement team leader for Loma Prieta Sierra Club Chapter.

She said the chapter has not issued its own press release about the endorsement because they cover three counties and are making endorsements in dozens of races, so want to issue only one press release per county after all the endorsements are decided.

Six of the eight supervisor candidates went through the Sierra Club's rigorous endorsement process, Ms. Hippard said, including face-to-face interviews and written responses to questions. The club looks for environmental leaders it thinks it can work with, she said, and both Ms. Keith, whom the chapter had endorsed when she ran for a City Council seat, and Ms. Masur met their criteria.

"It's unusual if not unheard of" to endorse two candidates, Ms. Hippard said, but they have made other dual endorsements.

Lest one think Ms. Keith an opportunist for not mentioning the endorsement was a dual one, Ms. Masur on her website also claims the Sierra Club endorsement, without mentioning Ms. Keith.

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Posted by Details
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm

None of the press releases on Masur's website mention other candidates, including the Sierra Club press release. Web Link


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Posted by endorsements
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 14, 2012 at 1:02 am

Masur had great endorsements when she ran for school board a few months ago, but she still came in third. Web Link


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Posted by old news
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 14, 2012 at 1:42 am

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Posted by RIP
a resident of another community
on Apr 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

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Posted by Mike Collins
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 15, 2012 at 7:32 am

I was just reading a copy of the Sunday April 15, 2012 San Mateo County Times. It is alive and well. RIP should check his/her facts before making easily refutable statements.


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Posted by Barbara Wood
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

The last paragraph of this story was some how lost in the editing process. It should say:

Least one think Ms. Keith an opportunist for not mentioning the endorsement was a dual one, Ms. Masur on her website Web Link also claims the Sierra Club endorsement, without mentioning Ms. Keith.


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Posted by so sad
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 15, 2012 at 9:18 pm

So sad the Almanac never ran their own story when the press releases were issued, but instead chose to portray this very prestegous duel endorsement as a cat fight.


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Posted by expected
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 16, 2012 at 8:52 am

Masur and Keith are the only two candidates publishing press releases on their websites. Don't expect to see any of these to contain the names of other candidates. No viable candidate would ever put the name of another challenger in their own release.


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Posted by janet
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Apr 16, 2012 at 12:07 pm

The last Sierra Club endorsement for Dave Pine proved to be a big mistake environmentally so one has to wonder about these endorsements


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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

Thank you Sierra Club! I can now cross both of these candidates off my list and concentrate on the others in terms of deciding who gets my vote.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 18, 2012 at 7:51 am

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Posted by anne
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Apr 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Now I know who not to vote for.


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