Filing period over for June 8 ballotThere will be no race for several key San Mateo County elective offices due to a dearth of candidates. With the closing of the filing period on March 17 for the June 8 election, it's almost a certainty that incumbent Sheriff Greg Munks will keep his job because no one is running against him. And Anne Campbell, superintendent of Portola Valley schools, has no competition in her bid to become the county's next superintendent of schools.
No one filed to run against Assistant District Attorney Stephen Wagstaffe in the district attorney race, who now will take the reins from longtime District Attorney Jim Fox. In the assessor-county clerk-recorder office, Mark Church is poised to take over Warren Slocum's job.
There will be a race to succeed treasurer-tax collector Lee Buffington, who is not seeking re-election. Running for that position are deputy treasurer Sandie Arnott; Joe Galligan, a certified public accountant; Dave Mandelkern, a trustee of the San Mateo County Community College District; and Richard Guilbault, a registered investment advisor.
Five people are running to replace Rich Gordon as supervisor of District 3: retired county sheriff Don Horsley; former San Carlos councilman Matt Grocott; small business owner April Vargas of Montara; Jack Hickey, a member of the Sequoia Healthcare District Board; and Michael Stogner of San Carlos.
In Supervisorial District 2, incumbent Carole Groom is facing a challenge from Belmont business owner Daniel Kaul to retain her seat.
In the race for state Assembly, 21st District, three Democrats are running to replace termed-out Assemblyman Ira Ruskin: Rich Gordon, a county supervisor; former Palo Alto council member Yoriko Kishimoto; and Josh Becker, a "green energy" entrepreneur. Republican Greg Conlon of Atherton will face the winner of that primary contest in November.