Kirsten Keith, a planning commissioner since 2004, filed her candidate papers today (Aug. 11) to make a run for a seat on the Menlo Park City Council. Just hours before the filing period ends, there are now five contenders for the three open seats.
Peter Ohtaki, board president of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, filed papers yesterday (Aug. 10). The other three candidates are Mayor Rich Cline, Councilman Heyward Robinson, and community activist Chuck Bernstein.
To become a candidate, a resident must file papers with the city clerk by the deadline: 5 p.m. today (Aug. 11).
Local businessman Russell Peterson, who took out papers earlier, was still weighing his interest in running for office against his opposition to high-speed rail, as he would likely be unable to vote on the project as a council member due to a conflict of interest.
Mike Brady also took out papers, but said later that he had decided not to run.