It's a crowded field for the November election to the governing board of the San Mateo County Community College District. Seven candidates are running for three seats, one of which was left open when incumbent Patricia Miljanich did not file to run for re-election, according to the candidate roster prepared by the county Elections Office.
Meanwhile in Woodside, Mayor Tom Shanahan joins Town Council members Ron Romines and Dave Burow in not running for re-election. Running for their respective seats, and without opposition, are Nancy Reyering for District 3, Daniel Yost for District 1 and Tom Livermore for District 5.
Ms. Reyering and Mr. Livermore are on Woodside's Architectural & Site Review Board, and Mr. Yost was formerly on the town's Planning Commission.
In filing papers, Ms. Reyering describes herself as a businesswoman, Mr. Yost as an attorney, and Mr. Livermore as a retired businessman.
For the community college board, incumbents Dave Mandelkern and Karen Schwarz are running for re-election.
The five challengers, as listed on the roster, are: Ramiro Maldonado, a nonprofit director; Mark J. De Paula, a retired businessman; Anthony "Fel" Amistad, a college professor; Alan Talansky, a real estate broker; and Maurice D. Goodman, a board member of a school district.
Locally, contested elections are ahead for the boards of the Woodside Elementary School District and the Sequoia Union High School District.
In the Woodside school district, incumbents Silvia Ferroni Edwards and Kevin Johnson are running and are being challenged by Joel Hornstein, who describes himself as a parent/entrepreneur/investor.
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, a mother and manager in Stanford University's office of development; and Noria Zasslow, who lists herself as a mother on her filing papers.
Two candidates are running without opposition in the Portola Valley School District for two open seats: Jennifer Youstra, who describes herself as a parent, and Gulliver LaValle, who describes himself as an educational specialist.
Also running unopposed are several incumbents: Mayor Jeff Aalfs and Councilwoman Ann Wengert for re-election to the Portola Valley council; Virginia Chang Kiraly and Rob Silano for re-election to the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board; and Pat Cain, John Gardner and Matt Miller for the Woodside Fire Protection District.
Incumbent Karen Fryling and Randy Cook, a security consultant, are running unopposed for two seats on the board of the Ladera Recreation District.
All-mail-in ballot election
San Mateo County is one of two counties in the state -- the other is Yolo -- participating in a pilot project to conduct up to three elections by mail-in ballot.
Proponents of all-mail elections point to the benefits of lower cost and possibly higher voter turnout. In the June primary, 78 percent of the ballots cast in San Mateo County were mail-in ballots.
Each city and town will have at least one physical location where voters can drop off completed mail-in ballots. On Election Day, each city and town will have one polling place for traditional in-person private voting, and it will be accessible to people with disabilities, according to the county Elections Office.