Almanac

News - August 20, 2014

Two seek local seat on open space board

by Tiffany Lam

Incumbent Larry Hassett and challenger Brandon Lewke are running for the Ward 6 seat on the board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in the Nov. 4 election. The ward encompasses Woodside, Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, and five other cities.

Mr. Hassett, former owner of four hardware stores, including Palo Alto Hardware, has served in the district's Ward 6 seat since 2000. The stores, currently owned by his sons, are now called Hassett Hardware.

He has been involved in several community organizations, including Achieve, a school for autistic children. He said he is the only member of the open space district board who lives next door to district preserves (Skyline Ridge and Long Ridge).

Mr. Lewke works as a project analyst at The Tech Museum of Innovation, a nonprofit technology and science museum in San Jose. He said he has volunteered for several organizations, such as the Ecumenical Hunger Program in East Palo Alto. He has also participated in local athletic events, such as the Wildflower Olympic Distance Triathlon.

Of the seven seats on the open space district board, four are up for election Nov. 4, but local residents will only vote for candidates for the Ward 6 seat.

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