A fifth potential contender has pulled nomination papers for November's Menlo Park City Council race -- Kristin Duriseti, who has served on the Environmental Quality Commission for the past six years.
Ms. Duriseti, 44, said in a press release on July 21 that she and her husband Ram have lived in Menlo Park for 16 years. She works for the Woods Institute for the Environment as an editor of "Climatic Change" and manages the accounting for her husband's start-up company. A graduate of Stanford University, she holds a master's degree in economics and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.
"I believe that the Council in partnership with the residents and businesses can create a vibrant community that promotes both neighborhood quality of life and a thriving local economy. Certainly, this will include supporting development that is appropriate for Menlo Park. With my background in economics and environmental policy, I have a deep understanding of and commitment to policy that balances these twin objectives," Ms. Duriseti said in the press release.
She joins incumbents Rich Cline, Kirsten Keith and Peter Ohtaki as well as Planning Commissioner Andrew Combs, who have all pulled papers during the past week.