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Publication Date: Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Election 2005: Dave Tanner drops off Woodside Town Council Election 2005: Dave Tanner drops off Woodside Town Council (August 03, 2005)

** His action comes too late for Woodside voters to pick a replacement.

By Andrea Gemmet

Almanac Staff Writer

Councilman Dave Tanner's 15 years of service to the town of Woodside came to an abrupt halt when he announced on July 26 that he intends to resign his seat on the Woodside Town Council.

Mr. Tanner, who represents District 1, must give up his seat because he and his family are selling their house in the Woodside Glens neighborhood and moving to a new home in a different council district.

Woodside is divided into seven political districts and candidates must reside in the district they represent, although they are elected by a town-wide vote. Mr. Tanner said he bought a house in District 4 near Councilman Joe Putnam's home.

"This is my last meeting," he said during the council communications period at the end of the Town Council meeting. "The sale went through."

Mr. Tanner told town officials in March that he expected to move some time this summer, provided he found a buyer for his house. However, his announcement still caught his colleagues by surprise.

According to Town Manager Susan George, Mr. Tanner's resignation comes too late to include his seat in the November election. July 17 was the last day for the council to call for an election to fill vacancies.

The council may appoint a new member to fill the seat until the next general election in the spring, or may call for a special election before that, Ms. George said. Council members will have to choose a course of action at the next meeting, set for September 13.

Mr. Tanner is a general and landscape contractor, and has lived in Woodside since 1982. He served on the town's Architectural and Site Review Board from 1990 to 1996, and then on the Planning Commission from 1996 to 1999, when he was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Town Council and was subsequently elected to it. He was re-elected to the council in 2003.

Three of the seven seats on the Town Council are up for election. They are in districts 2, 4 and 6. All are for four-year terms.

Of the three incumbents, Deborah Gordon in District 2 told the Almanac she intends to run for re-election, and Carroll Ann Hodges in District 6 has taken out candidate papers, but said she is still undecided. Mr. Putnam in District 4 was out of town and the Almanac was unable to reach him.
Woodside fire district

Incumbent Peter Berger has filed candidate papers to run for re-election to the three-member board of directors of the Woodside Fire Protection District. His is the only seat up for election this year.

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