Almanac

News - July 31, 2013

Atherton: DeGolia, Ruggeiro may face off in council race

by Renee Batti

Two residents who each came within one vote of taking a seat by appointment on the Atherton City Council earlier this month may be rivals on the November ballot: Rick DeGolia filed his candidate papers and John Ruggeiro took out papers from the city clerk's office on Friday, July 26.

The council held a special meeting on July 11 in the hope of agreeing on a single candidate among those who applied to fill out the term of Jerry Carlson, who resigned on July 1. Instead, the council split down the middle in supporting two of the seven applicants: Mayor Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest voted for Mr. DeGolia, and Jim Dobbie and Bill Widmer cast votes for Mr. Ruggeiro.

The council then called for an election. Residents have until Friday, Aug. 9, to file candidate papers to run for the seat, which expires in December 2014.

Mr. DeGolia is vice chair of the Community Center Advisory Committee, established in January. He subsequently was appointed chair of that group's library subcommittee. Those memberships represent his first forays into Atherton civic affairs. He told the Almanac earlier this month that he has focused on family, work, and service on nonprofit boards before becoming involved in town matters.

A business consultant and owner of DeGolia Associates, he was a business attorney and partner in the law firm Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in the 1980s and 1990s, according to his resume.

Mr. Ruggeiro, a retired lieutenant with the San Francisco Police Department, has been a regular attendee of council meetings since 1982. He has served on the Transportation Committee for 10 years, and is its current vice-chair.

An Atherton resident since 1979, Mr. Ruggeiro is a director of the Atherton Civic Interest League, a 25-year member of the Holbrook-Palmer Park Foundation, and a 20-year member of the Friends of the Atherton Library, according to his application.

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