Three candidates for the two seats open on the Menlo Park City Council means it's starting to look like a race after all. Menlo Park firefighter Dave Bragg, a former Marine who also runs a construction company in his off-duty hours, declared his intent to run when he filed the required paperwork with the city clerk's office last week.
He joins incumbent Kelly Fergusson and Transportation Commissioner Ray Mueller at the starting line. Mr. Bragg was not immediately available for comment on his campaign.
The candidate filing period runs from July 16 to Aug. 10, and may be extended by five days if the incumbents -- Ms. Fergusson and colleague Andy Cohen -- end up deciding not to run, according to the city clerk's office.
So far Mr. Mueller has gathered the largest number of endorsements, counting Mayor Kirsten Keith, the transportation commission, and six planning commissioners among them; he shares the support of Planning Commissioner Katie Ferrick with Ms. Fergusson.
For her part, Ms. Fergusson has lined up endorsements from San Mateo and Santa Clara county supervisors Dave Pine and Liz Kniss, former Menlo Park mayor Chuck Kinney, and Paul Fong and Sally Lieber from the state Legislature.
The race may get crowded; City Clerk Margaret Roberts said she's received numerous other calls from potential candidates.