Mayor Rich Cline will run for a second term on the Menlo Park City Council, he told The Almanac this week.
Saying that being a council member is a tough job but "a very rewarding experience," Mr. Cline said in a written statement that the current council "has an ambitious agenda and we need to continue to tackle some big challenges facing our town."
Among those challenges, he said, are long-term planning of the downtown area, managing the planned high-speed rail's impacts on the community, and establishing "an equitable and sustainable employee compensation model for years to come."
Mr. Cline's is one of three seats up for election on Nov. 2. Councilman John Boyle said he will not seek re-election, and Councilman Heyward Robinson said he will seek a second term.
The period for filing candidate papers ends on Friday, Aug. 6, but will be extended until Aug. 11 for the council race because an incumbent, Mr. Boyle, isn't running.
In addition to his role as mayor, Mr. Cline heads the Peninsula Cities Consortium, made up of five elected officials from Menlo Park, Atherton, Palo Alto, Burlingame and Belmont. The coalition advocates for the five cities, which will be heavily impacted by construction of the Peninsula line of the state's high-speed rail project.
A member of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission before running for council in 2006, Mr. Cline said he's proud of what the current council has accomplished.
"I recognize that by serving on (the council) for such a highly intelligent community as ours, my position requires more listening, more intellectual rigor, and an ability to make decisions on information and data, not just upon my own personal values," he wrote. "I have worked hard to meet that high bar."