Filing deadline extended for four local elections; three contested elections ahead


As the list of candidates for the Nov. 3 election settles, the governing boards of four local public agencies will have extended candidate filing deadlines. Three will have contested elections -- more candidates running than there are open seats.

The filing period for incumbents closed Friday, Aug. 7. The filing deadline for seats for which an incumbent did not file is the close of business Wednesday, Aug. 12.

The filing deadline is extended for three of the four open seats on the seven-member Woodside Town Council, including the seat now occupied by Mayor Tom Shanahan, who represents District 3. Nancy Reyering, a member of the Architectural and Site Review Board, took out candidate papers on Aug. 10, Town Clerk Janet Koelsch said.

Daniel Yost is running for the seat now occupied by Ron Romines (District 1), and Tom Livermore is running for Dave Burow's seat (District 5). Mr. Romines is retiring after 10 years on the council; Mr. Burow said that after serving two terms, he wants to give someone else a chance.

Incumbent Peter Mason has filed to continue to represent District 7.

The extended filing deadline also applies to the Portola Valley Elementary School District board, where incumbents Jocelyn Swisher and Linda Wong did not file, according to the county Elections Office. Robin Paul Murray had taken out candidacy papers but had not yet filed as of Monday morning (Aug. 10).

The filing deadline has also been extended for the West Bay Sanitary District board race, according to the Elections Office. Incumbent Ronald Shepherd is not running, and the candidates so far for the three open seats are incumbents David A. Walker and Fran Dehn and newcomer Rich Kinder.

The filing deadline has also been extended for the San Mateo County Community College District board race. Incumbents Dave Mandelkern and Karen Schwarz filed, but incumbent Patricia Miljanich did not. The two challengers in a contest for that seat are Ramiro Maldonado and Mark J. De Paula.

Two more contests

Contested elections are also ahead for the boards of the Woodside Elementary School District and the Sequoia Union High School District.

In the Woodside school district, challenger Joel Hornstein is running along with incumbents Silvia Ferroni Edwards and Kevin Johnson.

In the Sequoia district, three incumbents -- Carrie Du Bois, Laura Martinez and Allen Weiner -- are running for re-election. Their challengers are Georgia S. Jack and Noria Zasslow.

Uncontested elections

Candidates who filed for posts on the Portola Valley Town Council, the Woodside and Menlo Park fire protection districts, and the Ladera Recreation District are unchallenged.

Incumbents Mayor Jeff Aalfs and Councilwoman Ann Wengert are running for re-election to the Portola Valley council.

Virginia Chang Kiraly and Rob Silano, both incumbents, are running for re-election to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board.

The Woodside Fire Protection District has three incumbents running for three seats: Pat Cain, John Gardner and Matt Miller.

Karen Fryling and Randy Cook are running for the board of the Ladera Recreation District.

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Posted by Mickie winkler
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 10, 2015 at 2:52 pm

What's happening with the East Palo alto sanitary district and why isn't mentioned?

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Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm

Roy Thiele-Sardiña is a registered user.

Mickie, as you know Ron is retiring so we are looking for a qualified fiscally responsible candidate.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 10, 2015 at 6:20 pm

I guess now that the Menlo firefighters are getting a likable contract there isn't the need for campaign drama as in the last two elections. It's a shame that it took so long to get there.

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a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 10, 2015 at 9:44 pm

There was a public invitation for two more candidates to enter the fire board race. To be an effective leader, Director Bernstein needs a first follower. Web Link

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