Almanac

News - August 14, 2013

Election news updates for Portola Valley, Woodside

by Dave Boyce

Below are election updates for Portola Valley and Woodside town councils, the high school and community college districts, the Woodside Fire Protection District and some other districts. All the elections are for four-year terms. Filing period ended Friday, Aug. 9, unless an incumbent did not file. In that event, the filing deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

Portola Valley

In Portola Valley, a contested election for the Town Council is a possibility. Incumbent Councilman Ted Driscoll, in his 20th year on the council, decided not to run for re-election so the filing deadline was extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14.

In pursuit of the three open seats, Mayor John Richards and Councilwoman Maryann Moise Derwin have filed, as has Craig Hughes, now on the Architectural and Site Control Commission. Mr. Richards will be running for his second term and Ms. Derwin for her third.

Three other residents had taken out candidacy papers as of noon Monday, Aug. 12, according to the town clerk. SallyAnn Reiss said she decided not to run due to the demands of being on the council. Tyler Hinshaw and Bud Eisberg have taken out papers but have not yet filed them.

Woodside

Unless there is a write-in candidate, Woodside's Town Council election for three seats will not be contested. Mayor Anne Kasten and council members Deborah Gordon and Dave Tanner have all declared their candidacies for re-election and no other candidates came forward, according to the San Mateo County elections office.

In recent elections, the Woodside council has opted for an election despite the lack of a contest. The council is planning a special session sometime before Aug. 22 to consider the question, Town Clerk Janet Koelsch told the Almanac.

School boards

A contest is ahead for the two seats open on the board of the Sequoia Union High School District. The two incumbents — Alan Sarver and Chris Thomsen — have filed for re-election, and they face challenger Georgia Jack of Redwood City.

In a contest for two seats on the board of the San Mateo County Community College District, four candidates are running: incumbent Richard Holober and challengers Samuel Diaz, Thomas Mohr and George Yang.

Other districts

The board of the Woodside Fire Protection District has one open seat and incumbent Peter Berger has filed to be re-elected to it.

Three seats are open for the Los Trancos County Water District, but elections office records show just one candidate: Stanley R. Gage.

For the two seats on the West Bay Sanitary District board, the two candidates are incumbents Edward "Ned" Moritz and Roy Thiele-Sardina.

Records show no activity for the board of the Ladera Recreation District.

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