Menlo Park fire election: Incumbent not running

Filing deadline extended

Stephen Nachtsheim, a member of the Menlo Park fire district board of directors since 2009, has decided not to seek re-election this year, leaving the filing deadline for prospective candidates open through Wednesday.

Citing other civic commitments, Mr. Nachtsheim told the Almanac that he realized he didn't have enough time to properly run a campaign this fall.

"Things have been a little different at the fire district since Harold (Schapelhouman) was injured," Mr. Nachtsheim said.

The search for interim personnel and disruption of management continuity has left the director working "three to four hours a day" on district business, leaving little time for campaigning. Otherwise, Mr. Nachtsheim said, he would have sought re-election.

That leaves four candidates on the roster to fight for three open seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board of directors. The district serves Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto and portions of unincorporated San Mateo County.

Incumbents Jack Nelson and Rex Ianson are running, as are former Menlo Park city council candidates Carolyn Clarke and Chuck Bernstein.

Mr. Nachtsheim said he hasn't formally endorsed anyone yet, but thought that Mr. Ianson would bring some needed continuity to the board, while Mr. Bernstein's financial background would be of value.

Potential non-incumbent candidates have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, to file papers. As of Tuesday night, no new candidates had turned up, according to the county's election website.


There are no comments yet. Please share yours below.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Choose a category: *

Since this is the first comment on this story a new topic will also be started in Town Square! Please choose a category that best describes this story.

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Continuation of Office Cap Discussion
By Steve Levy | 19 comments | 3,503 views

By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 2 comments | 2,501 views

Ramen shop replaces Muracciís in Los Altos
By Elena Kadvany | 11 comments | 2,369 views

"Itís Not About the Nail"
By Chandrama Anderson | 5 comments | 1,794 views

Now Playing - Your Dinner!
By Laura Stec | 0 comments | 667 views