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News - July 17, 2013

Candidate filing period opens

The candidate filing period for the Nov. 5 election is open from July 15 to Aug. 9.

Many seats on local government boards will be up for election, including three seats on both the Portola Valley and Woodside town councils.

Among school districts, both the Portola Valley and Woodside elementary school districts will have three seats up for election. Two seats will be open on the boards of both the Sequoia Union High School District and San Mateo County Community College District.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has three seats open, and the Woodside Fire Protection District, one seat.

Among special districts, there are two seats open on the boards of both the Ladera Recreation District and the West Bay Sanitary District. The Los Trancos Water District has three seats open.

All of the elections are for four-year terms on the governing boards.

The candidate filing period opened at 8 a.m. Monday, July 15, and closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. For offices without an eligible incumbent seeking re-election, the filing period will be extended another five calendar days and will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

San Mateo County's Chief Elections Officer Mark Church urges candidates seeking school or special district elections to call candidate filing officer Meaghan Hassel Shearer at (650) 312-5293 to make an appointment to review the steps in the process. Those running for municipal offices should contact their town or city clerk for an appointment, he said.

Go to shapethefuture.org or call (650) 312-5222 for more information from the county's elections office.

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