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News - August 14, 2013

Menlo Park fire election: 4 qualify so far

by Sandy Brundage

Four out of five prospective candidates have now qualified for the upcoming election for three seats on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board of directors. The district serves Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto and portions of unincorporated San Mateo County.

Incumbent Jack Nelson has qualified for re-election to the five-member board he has served on since 2009. Rex Ianson, who has served on the board since 2005, also qualified. Stephen Nachtsheim, elected at the same time as Mr. Nelson, had not filed as of the Almanac's print deadline, according to county's election website.

Former Menlo Park City Council candidates Carolyn Clarke and Chuck Bernstein have now filed. Written statements from both indicate that labor issues, with raises as a key point of contention, will be at the forefront of this year's election. The fire district has been in protracted negotiations with the firefighters' union for more than six years.

If Mr. Nachtsheim did not file on Aug. 9, potential non-incumbent candidates have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, to file papers.

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