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Special election in May for new county supervisor

 

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has decided to hold an all-mail special election in May to replace outgoing District 1 Supervisor Mark Church.

The supervisors made the decision in a 4-0 vote on Tuesday, Dec. 14, said board spokesman Marshall Wilson.

Although District 1 is in the northern part of the county, and includes South San Francisco, San Bruno and Hillsborough, ballots will be mailed to all registered voters in the county because supervisors run county-wide.

Mr. Church is resigning his seat a little less than two years into his third term because voters elected him to replace Warren Slocum, the outgoing county clerk, recorder, and registrar of voters.

In November, 66 percent of county voters approved a measure that requires an election to replace the supervisor if the resigning supervisor leaves on or before Oct. 15 of the third year of the supervisor's four-year term.

Mr. Church's remains a supervisor until his Jan. 3 swearing-in for his new position, which is why he participated in the Dec. 14 vote, Mr. Wilson said.

The normally five-member board will be up to its full quota after Jan 3, when newly elected Supervisor Don Horsley is also sworn in. Mr. Horsley takes over from former supervisor and now Assemblyman Rich Gordon and will represent District 3, which includes Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley.

The all-mail special election, estimated to cost $1.1 million, is the less costly of the two options the supervisors had before them. An election with polling places would have cost the county another $500,000, Mr. Wilson said.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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Posted by VIrginia
a resident of Woodside: other
on Dec 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Mark Church could have saved this County a fair amount of money by managing his resignation from the SM County Board of Supervisors in a different manner. Instead he consistently blocked recommendations by the Grand Jury, and the Charter Review Committee. He will not be receiving my vote in the future, and will no doubt have a difficult timefilling the shoes of Warren Slocum. I am ashamed to have this person represent us.


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Posted by peter carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Dec 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm

peter carpenter is a registered user.

It is time for a real change.

Hopefully Michael Stogner will run and we will have the opportunity to see a truly new face on the County Board of Supervisors.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2010 at 6:00 am

Supervisor Mark Church has made some personal decisions which in turn have cost the Taxpayers of San Mateo County the entire cost of this election, what ever it cost.

"Mr. Church is resigning his seat a little less than two years into his third term because voters elected him to replace Warren Slocum, the outgoing county clerk, recorder, and registrar of voters."

This makes it sound like the Voters caused this $1.1M problem
This is not quite true, He did get elected that part is true. He violated his oath to fulfill the four year term of Supervisor, He chose to do that and he placed his name on the ballot for a job that pays him almost twice what a Supervisor receives.

June 29, 2010 at the Board of Supervisor meeting I personally requested he resign that day so that the Taxpayers could be spared this $1.1M -$1.6M expense by placing the Seat on the November ballot.

Mark Church is personally responsible for this cost to the Taxpayers. He has a much higher paying job now so he's happy. This is how he leads by example.

Thank You Mark Church for costing San Mateo County $1.1M


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Here's my video on the subject of Mark Church's recent display of "leading by example".


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on Dec 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Web Link


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