Statement by Chris Shaw


The Almanac asked candidates for the Woodside Town Council District 3 seat in the Nov. 3, 2015, election to write up to 600 words on why voters should vote for them instead of their opponent. Below is Chris Shaw's response.

My name is Chris Shaw and I am running as a write-in candidate for Woodside Town Council, District 3.

I have been a Woodside resident for 14 years; I am raising my family here, and I intend to spend most, if not all, of my life here.

In my time living in Woodside, I have been very active as a volunteer at Woodside Elementary School, have run the Woodside W-Ball league for six years on behalf of the Recreation Committee, and participated in any number of community events. More importantly, I have taken time to attend a variety of Town committee meetings and Town Council meetings in order to know first-hand what is going on in our community.

A key role of the Town Council is to employ common sense and protect the Town from radical swings of agendas, and to provide consensus leadership that represents all of the interests within the community,

while respecting the rights of all its' citizens, including rights related to property. Nancy Reyering has consistently pursued an invidious agenda which infringes on those property rights.

Nancy Reyering's unopposed candidacy caused widespread concern and consternation throughout Woodside. The decisions she has made and the agenda she has pursued have angered and alienated the community. As I spoke with more and more people I realized it was time to step in and provide an alternative: a thoughtful, well-balanced voice of reason and common sense. My campaign has tapped into years of pent-up frustration and anger that has resulted in a town-wide grassroots effort on my behalf, yet completely outside of my control. Within the first 4 hours of my declaration, I had received calls from three current Town Council members welcoming my candidacy and endorsing me.

Thus far the central theme of the District 3 race has centered on property rights and the use of one of the most polarizing committees in Woodside to further individual agendas; however, let us not forget that there are other important areas of concern.

How do we balance the needs of the equestrian community with the cyclists living in and visiting Woodside for their hobby? How do we deal with the increasingly deteriorating infrastructure of Woodside? How do we safely move a growing number of vehicles on the roads while increasing the safety of pedestrians and children?

Government and those that serve within it are accountable to all the citizenry, businesses, and their varying interests. Government must facilitate the growth of economic and social wealth for all of those that elect it. It must protect the rights of all citizens whether generational or recent arrivals. Government shall be the audience of the electorate and the voice of common sense.

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Posted by Rick Anderson
a resident of Woodside: Family Farm/Hidden Valley
on Oct 27, 2015 at 10:22 pm

It's always good to have a choice. So congratulations on your candidacy. However, I can't help by feel that you're doing this as a lark. Your statement has me wondering if you've taken time to read/study/understand the Woodside General Plan, the Residential Design Guidelines and the Woodside Municipal Code. (As an aside, for most of the time that your wife's and my terms on the ASRB overlapped, I often wondered the same about her.) If so, I am a bit confused in your characterization of your opponent as pursuing an "invidious agenda". Nancy's and my tenure on the board also overlapped, and I never once felt that she went beyond what the WMC requires of Board members. Instead, she always formed opinions based on criteria specified by the GP, RDG and WMC.

I understand the populist appeal to "property rights"--but find it misplaced, considering that it was your neighbors who wrote the General Plan and it was your Council that approved it. The WMC was then written to conform to the GP, as required by California law. If you truly understood the process, you wouldn't be denigrating your opponent for responsibly doing the job required of her by the WMC, but would be challenging the GP and offering improvements to it.

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Posted by Woodsideresident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Oct 28, 2015 at 3:29 am

I congratulate Mr. Shaw on his candidacy. I thank him for giving us a choice to protect our property rights and for presenting the opportunity to end the dictatorship of a group in Woodside who think they are the most qualified, and most versed about the Woodside General Plan, the Residential Guidelines, and the Municipal Code. I hope the majority of voters make the right choice and elect the right candidate who will serve the interests of Woodside residents, protect our property rights, and end the dictatorship of groups who think they are the best qualified to govern our Town and the most intelligent to read/study/understand the Town documents.

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Posted by Ruth Mina
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Nov 7, 2015 at 9:23 am

What an awful state of affairs that the Almanac would publish such a nasty "candidate statement" from Chris Shaw. His only qualification is based on hating the other candidate.

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