Election roundup: Two incumbents on Woodside council not running


San Mateo County's candidate roster for town councils and governing boards of school districts and special districts is settling out as the candidate filing period for the fall election draws to a close.

School board and special district board candidates have until the close of business on Friday, Aug. 7, to file with the Elections Office at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo.

If running for the council of a city or town, the same deadline applies but filing is done through the clerk at City Hall or Town Hall.

If the open seat is occupied by an incumbent who is not running for re-election, the filing period is extended by five days -- to Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Locally, two longtime members of the Woodside Town Council, Ron Romines and Dave Burow, have told the Almanac that they will not be running for re-election in November.

Mr. Romines, who joined the council in 2005 to represent District 1, said he is retiring. Mr. Romines was appointed to complete the remaining two years of a term for a vacated seat. He was elected in 2007, then re-elected in 2011.

Mr. Burow was elected to represent District 5 in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011.

The Woodside council has four seats open this fall, the other two held by Peter Mason (District 7) and Tom Shanahan (District 3). As of Friday morning, July 31, only Mr. Mason had taken out papers, Town Clerk Janet Koelsch said.

Running for Mr. Romines' seat in District 1 is Daniel K. Yost, a former member of the Planning Commission. Another former Woodside planning commissioner, Tom Livermore, is running for Mr. Burow's seat in District 5.

Because incumbents Burow and Romines are not running, the filing period for this election is extended to Aug. 12.

In Portola Valley, there are two open seats on the Town Council. Incumbents Jeff Aalfs and Ann Wengert have taken out candidacy papers for re-election, but as of Friday morning, July 31, neither had filed, Town Clerk Sharon Hanlon said.

School boards

The governing board of the Woodside Elementary School District has two open seats this fall, and incumbents Silvia Edwards and Kevin Johnson have filed.

In the Portola Valley Elementary School District, the school board has two open seats, now held by Jocelyn Swisher and Linda Wong. No one has filed so far.

The board of the Sequoia Union High School District has three open seats, now held by Carrie Du Bois, Laura Martinez and Allen Weiner. All three incumbents have filed. Georgia Jack has taken out papers but not yet filed as of July 31.

Incumbents Dave Mandelkern and Karen Schwarz of the board of the San Mateo County Community College District have filed. Member Patricia Miljanich had not yet taken out papers as of Friday morning.

Special districts

Pat Cain, John Gardner and Matt Miller, the three incumbents on the three-member board of the Woodside Fire Protection District, have filed.

On the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, the seats of Virginia Chang Kiraly and Rob Silano are open. Both incumbents have taken out papers, and Mr. Silano has filed.

The board of the West Bay Sanitary District has three open seats. Incumbents Fran Dehn and David Walker have filed; incumbent Ronald Shepherd has not.

There is one seat open on the board of the Ladera Recreation District, and its current occupant, Karen Fryling, has filed.

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Posted by pogo
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 1, 2015 at 7:44 am

pogo is a registered user.

Thanks to Dave Burow for his eight years of service on the Town Council. Great job, Dave - thank you!

I am VERY glad that Tom Livermore is running for the District 5 seat. I cannot think of a better or more qualified candidate than Tom.

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Posted by Woodsideresident
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Oct 15, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Update: There are two candidates for Woodside Town Council District 3 --Nancy Reyering and Chris Shaw. Chris Shaw is a write-in candidate. His name is not on the ballot. If you would like to vote for him you will need to check the write-in box under Nancy Reyering, then write-in 'Chris Shaw'.

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Posted by RonW
a resident of Woodside: Mountain Home Road
on Oct 15, 2015 at 9:32 pm

I am very glad that Chris Shaw has decided to run against Reyering as a write-in candidate for the District 3 Woodside Town Council seat. He was the voice of reason and common sense in the ASRB. He would be an enormous asset to the Town as a Council member.

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Posted by just a spouse
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 16, 2015 at 5:49 am

Nancy Reyering is THE candidate who knows the ropes and can get things done!
a Vote Reyering is a vote FOR Woodside!

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Posted by Thomas J
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 16, 2015 at 5:57 am

Mr. Ron Romines, will be missed on the Woodside Town Council, his was a voice of reason.
Thank you for your service sir.

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