There 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 of Portola Valley will keep his job because no one is running against him.
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. He 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.
Controller Tom Huening will not face a challenge and will retain his seat.
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.
There also is a race for the coroner's office, with incumbent Robert Foucrault being challenged by police analyst Stacie Lynn Nevares.
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 hopes to retain her seat, but is facing a challenge from Belmont business owner Daniel Kaul.
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.
Leland Yee, District 8 state senator representing Woodside and Portola Valley, is not being challenged in the Democratic primary. Running in the Republican primary for Sen. Yee's seat are entrepreneur Jacob Hamlin and real estate investor Doo Sup Park.
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, will be on the November ballot in a race against Republicans Dave Chapman, a software engineer, and Ronny Santana, an entrepreneur. Libertarian Paul Lazaga, a business manager, is also in the race.
In addition to filling public offices, voters will be asked to approve a parcel tax for the San Mateo County Community College District, which includes Canada College in Woodside. The tax, which requires a two-thirds vote for approval, would be $34 per parcel annually for four years. It would exempt senior citizens, and prohibit proceeds from going toward administrator salaries.
The district also includes the College of San Mateo in San Mateo and Skyline College in San Bruno.