Almanac

Viewpoint - August 7, 2013

Editorial: Deadline near to file for local races

Led by Portola Valley, where six residents are showing interest by either filing or pulling papers, the election line-ups in the Almanac circulation area are slowly taking shape as the Aug. 9 (or Aug. 14 if no incumbent files) deadline for candidates to declare approaches.

One Portola Valley City Council incumbent, John Richards, has filed, while incumbent Maryann Moise Derwin has taken out papers along with four challengers, Craig Hughes, M. Taylor Hinshaw, Sally Ann Reiss and Judith Hasko. Incumbent Ted Driscoll, who has served five terms (20 years) on the council, has said he is inclined not to run.

The seat vacated when Atherton council member Jerry Carlson resigned in July is turning into a real contest, with five residents showing interest. An effort by the council to fill the seat collapsed after a series of 2-2 votes. The winner will be able to break the the deadlock. So far, Rick DeGolia has filed while John Ruggeiro, Greg Conlon, Diane Sandhu, and Michael Stogner have taken out papers.

There is no election this year for the Menlo Park City Council.

In the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board race, three of five seats are open. Incumbent Jack Nelson has filed, while incumbents Stephen Nachtsheim and Rex Ianson have pulled papers, as has Carolyn Clarke, who ran for the Menlo Park City Council last year.

And voters will elect three members to each of the Portola Valley and Woodside Elementary school districts' governing boards, and two members to the boards of the Sequoia Union High School District and the San Mateo County Community College District.

Candidates have until Aug. 9 to file for the election, unless an incumbent decides not to run, which extends the filing deadline in that specific race to Aug 14. The election will be held Nov. 5.

Visit shapethefuture.org or call the county elections office at 312-5222 for more information about the elections.

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