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Viewpoint - October 30, 2013

Letter: Council member shares election choices

I urge my friends and neighbors in Portola Valley to vote in the Nov. 5 election and in particular, I want to ask you to join me in supporting Mayor John Richards, Maryann Derwin, and Craig Hughes for the Portola Valley Town Council.

I have now served Portola Valley as a volunteer for five years. For three years, I was a member of the Architectural and Site Control Commission (ASCC), and for the past two years I have served on the Town Council. I have worked with John, Maryann, and Craig throughout that time and have found them to be dedicated, responsible, and thoughtful participants in our town's governance. While we don't agree on every question, I have always respected their opinions, and we have always been able to work together, even on subjects where we have disagreed.

Portola Valley was founded on a set of cherished, and unique, principles. We have always recognized that the value of our community is intertwined with our respect for our local environment, even as we modify that environment, judiciously, to serve our needs and desires. To maintain this delicate balance, we have relied on the volunteer efforts of our citizens over the last 50 years, to remember Portola Valley's founding values, to modify and extend them to the present and future, and to use both restraint and vision to preserve the Town we all love. I have worked beside Maryann, John, and Craig to play a minor part in the governance of Portola Valley; I look forward to continuing to work them.

Jeff Aalfs, member, Portola Valley Town Council

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