News - July 21, 2010

Election: Four take out papers for Atherton City Council race

Councilman Jerry Carlson, and residents Phil Lively, Mike McPherson, and Bill Widmer have taken out candidate papers to run for a seat on the Atherton City Council.

No one had filed the papers before The Almanac's press time on July 19.

Mr. McPherson is a member of the town's Rail Committee. He had been on the Parks and Recreation Commission for many years, serving as chair during some of his tenure.

Mr. Widmer sits on the town's audit committee, and has been involved in other town matters, he said.

Mr. Lively, a longtime planning commissioner, applied for Bill Conwell's seat on the council when Mr. Conwell died in December 2005. He was one of 11 applicants, and one of two finalists under consideration by the council, which ultimately appointed Jerry Carlson.

Councilman Charles Marsala announced several weeks ago that he won't be running for another term. Councilman Jim Dobbie's term also expires this year, but he could not be reached before The Almanac's press time for comment about his plans.

Because at least one incumbent is not running, the candidate filing period will be extended to Aug. 11.


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