News - July 14, 2010

Carlson says he will run for another term on council

As the candidate filing period for the Nov. 2 election opens, at least one incumbent, Jerry Carlson, has stated his intention to seek another term on the Atherton City Council.

Councilman Charles Marsala announced several weeks ago he will not run for another term on the five-member council. Councilman Jim Dobbie could not be reached by The Almanac's press time.

Several names are circulating in the community as possible contenders in the race for the three open seats. Among them is longtime Planning Commissioner Phil Lively, who told The Almanac that he's considering a run for council but has yet to make up his mind.

Another resident often mentioned as a potential candidate is Mike McPherson, a member of the town's Rail Committee. Mr. McPherson could not be reached before The Almanac's press time.

Jeff Wise, a member of the town's Finance Committee, has been mentioned as a possible candidate, but said this week he won't be throwing his hat into the ring. Both Peter Carpenter and Jon Buckheit, who have been encouraged by a vocal group of residents to run for council, have said they don't intend to run.

—By Renee Batti


Posted by Ugh, a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jul 14, 2010 at 2:05 am

Anyone but Carlson, please. Isn't this latest Brown act violation enough? I think if both Peter Carpenter and Jon Buckheit joined the council, you would not be able to recognize this town after a year...for the better. Maybe they can still be persuaded to run. This are the type of people we need: they have real ideas, take real action, and have real integrity.

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