Newcomers win Woodside school board seats

Rudy Driscoll and Kevin Johnson are elected

By Barbara Wood

Special to the Almanac

Woodside Elementary School District candidate Rudy Driscoll was staying close to his phone on election night Tuesday, but not waiting for vote counts. His 16-year-old son was in the hospital with complications from a broken leg which has required multiple surgeries.

Mr. Driscoll was the top vote-getter in the election for two open spots on the governing board of the one-school district. He and fellow newcomer Kevin Johnson were elected over incumbent Ginger Bamford. Revised totals released on Nov. 15 show only 32 percent of registered voters in the district, 712 people, cast ballots.

"I am glad the community has such great belief and support for me," Mr. Driscoll said. "I'll do my best to live up to their expectations."

Mr. Johnson said he sees "a lot of opportunities and challenges" in his new board position. "I'm very, very happy, obviously, and I look forward to working with the board."

His first priorities, he said, will be working to improve communication with the community, working on the school's new strategic plan and developing a facilities plan for the school.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15, the county's "semi-official" results had Mr. Driscoll with 41 percent of the votes, followed by Mr. Johnson with 32.2 percent. Ms. Bamford was not far behind with 26.6 percent of the vote.

Actual vote totals were 455 votes for Mr. Driscoll, 358 votes for Mr. Johnson, and 296 votes for Ms. Bamford. Voters were allowed to pick two of the three candidates to fill two slots on the five-member board. Incumbent Ellen Ablow did not run for re-election. Any mail-in ballots that arrived the day of the election will be later added to the totals.

Mr. Driscoll is an investor and business consultant and former Menlo Park police officer. Mr. Johnson is a practicing business attorney with an electrical engineering degree.

Ms. Bamford is a community volunteer and former Wall Street attorney. All three have children at Woodside Elementary School, the only school in the district. Mr. Driscoll and Mr. Johnson have children in kindergarten while Ms. Bamford's youngest child is in seventh grade.

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