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.


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