Election 2014: Five candidates file for school board seats

With the clock ticking down in the filing period for the Nov. 4 election, a few more people have filed as candidates in the two school board elections coming up in the Menlo Park City and Las Lomitas school districts. But neither district yet has more candidates than there are seats available.

Each school district has three positions open on their governing boards. As of July 29, two incumbents on the Las Lomitas School District board, Richard Ginn and Christine Heaton, had filed as candidates. John Earnhardt, director of corporate communications at Cisco and a district parent, had taken out nomination papers but had not yet returned them.

Incumbent and current Las Lomitas board president Jay Siegel has not yet filed and if he does not do so, the filing period for the Las Lomitas district election will be extended to Aug. 13.

Menlo Park district

In the Menlo Park City School District, incumbents Terry Thygesen and Joan Lambert are both candidates as is Stacy Jones, who is co-chair of the district's advisory council and has three children in district schools.

Incumbent Scott Hinshaw, who was appointed to fill the remainder of Laura Rich's term in February, has not picked up nomination papers. If he does not file, the filing period for the Menlo Park district will also be extended to Aug. 13.

If the two incumbents do file, Friday, Aug. 8, is the filing deadline.


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Posted by Mary
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Jul 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Stacy Jones would be a value asset to the school board. She has first hand knowledge of the schools in the district and their workings. I hope the people in the district vote for her and take advantage of her expertise.

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Posted by MPCSD Parent
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 31, 2014 at 7:51 pm

So happy to hear that Stacey Jones will be putting Laurel "on the map." It has been a long time since a Laurel parent has been on the school board. Her connection with the Laurel community and because she is smart, grounded, and thoughtful will be great assets to the district.

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Posted by Time for a Change
a resident of another community
on Aug 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm

It's time for a change. Hoping for more candidates so that the Menlo Park board can have a fresh change. It's been incredibly stressful and disheartening working in the district for the past few years. The only way that will change is to remove long term members from the school board.

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Posted by MP Teacher
a resident of another community
on Aug 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Thank you Time for Change! It's time for Ghysels to go and the only way to make that happen is to get new members on the school board.

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