As the clock slipped past 5 p.m. on Wednesday (Aug. 11), so did the opportunity to run for Menlo Park City Council.
On the final roster of six candidates are incumbents Rich Cline and Heyward Robinson; Planning Commissioner Kirsten Keith; Peter Ohtaki, board president, Menlo Park Fire Protection District; and rounding out the list with no government titles but plenty of community involvement: educator Chuck Bernstein and businessman Russell Peterson.
Prior to filing, Mr. Peterson told The Almanac he was having to weigh serving on the council against speaking out on high-speed rail, since he lives near the proposed tracks and would be disqualified from voting on related issues.
Potential contender Michael Brady decided not to run, choosing instead to continue devoting his energy to battling plans for high-speed rail.
The candidates have until the Nov. 2 elections to convince Menlo Park residents why they'd be the best choice to fill one of three open seats on the City Council.