Seeking a third term, Ms. Fergusson faces only one opponent so far — Transportation Commissioner Ray Mueller — in the race for two seats on the five-member council. Early endorsers include Planning Commission chair Katie Ferrick, (who also supports Mr. Mueller), San Mateo and Santa Clara county supervisors Dave Pine and Liz Kniss, former Menlo Park mayor Chuck Kinney, and Paul Fong and Sally Lieber from the state Legislature.
Ms. Fergusson pointed to new community facilities, such as the Arrillaga Family Gymnasium, along with the city's financial reserves and credit rating, as signs that life is good in Menlo Park.
"My emphasis on retention in our police force has led to two major gang take-downs in the past four years, with 75 arrested and hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs and cash seized, along with another very recent prescription drug and anabolic steroids operation bust," she said. "These successes translate directly to safer schools, neighborhoods, and reduced violent and property crime. Residents can count on me to continue to protect essential services."
Facebook's arrival and the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan present challenges for the city's planning process, according to Ms. Fergusson, but overall bring the sort of economic benefits that she'd like to continue to develop.
Asked about the Brown Act violation that led to her resignation as mayor in 2010, the councilwoman said she was very happy the incident was behind her so she can focus on serving her constituents. Ms. Fergusson stepped down two days after assuming the mayor's title after the Almanac reported that she had held private one-on-one meetings with at least three council members to discuss her desire for the position, in violation of open government law. (Council members appoint one of their own to serve as mayor.)
"Of course it was never my intention whatsoever to violate the Brown Act, which exists to ensure the public has the transparency it needs in all local government decision-making. I am grateful the district attorney agreed there was no wrongful intent," Ms. Fergusson said. "Do I regret the incident happened? Of course, as it was certainly never my intention to do so."