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News - July 31, 2013

Portola Valley council election shaping up as a race

With three of the five seats on the Portola Valley Town Council up for election this year, four people, including two incumbents, have taken out candidate papers as of July 29.

One of them, incumbent John Richards, who is currently serving as mayor, has filed papers, Town Clerk Sharon Hanlon said.

With the third incumbent, Ted Driscoll, saying he's thinking seriously of not running, it's beginning to look like a race.

In addition to Mr. Richards, the three who have taken out papers are incumbent Councilwoman Maryann Moise Derwin, who would be running for a third four-year term; Craig Hughes, a member of the Architecture and Site Control Commission (ASCC) since 2009; and Judith Hasko, who chairs the Trails and Paths Committee and was recently a member of the ad hoc committee that looked into the issue of state mandates requiring communities to plan for affordable housing.

Mr. Driscoll, who has served on the council for five terms (20 years), told the Almanac that he has a lot on his plate in his private life and is "strongly leaning toward not running again."

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