Rick DeGolia, whose hope to be appointed to the Atherton City Council last week ended with a balloting deadlock, took out papers this morning (July 16) to run for the open seat in November.
The four council members couldn't agree on a candidate at a July 11 meeting, with Mayor Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest supporting Mr. DeGolia and councilmen Bill Widmer and Jim Dobbie casting ballots for John Ruggeiro.
After three ballot rounds that ended with the stalemate, the council voted unanimously to call for an election in November to fill the seat, held until July 1 by Jerry Carlson. But it may reconsider that decision at its meeting on Wednesday, July 17, and try to agree on an appointment instead. If someone is appointed, the election will be canceled.
After the July 11 meeting, Mr. DeGolia told the Almanac he was planning to run for the seat.
Mr. DeGolia is vice chair of the Community Center Advisory Committee, and chair of that group's library subcommittee. An Atherton resident since 2000, he began an 11-year career as a partner in the law firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in 1984, according to his resume. He serves as a board member and governance committee chair of the Cleantech Open, which supports "clean technology" start-ups; and as an advisory board member of the nonprofit Clean Coalition.
The candidate filing period for the seat opened July 15 and ends Aug. 9.