Menlo Park council members Mueller and Carlton to run for re-election


Menlo Park City Council members Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton have confirmed with the Almanac that they plan to run for re-election in November. They were both first elected in 2012 to four-year terms and their seats are the only two open in this year's Menlo Park council election.

Mr. Mueller announced his re-election campaign during a birthday event, where he turned 42, at Cafe Zoe, at 1929 Menalto Ave. in Menlo Park on the evening of Feb. 27. About 120 people attended, he said.

Ray Mueller (Photo: city of Menlo Park)

Catherine Carlton (Photo: city of Menlo Park)
A total of 14o people are endorsing him, according to a press release listing their names. These include elected officials at the federal, state, county and local levels, current and former Menlo Park council members and commissioners, as well as "friends and neighbors," Mr. Mueller said.

Among the names: Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park, all the county supervisors, and all of the sitting Menlo Park council members except for Ms. Carlton. Though Ms. Carlton is not a member of Mr. Mueller's host committee, she said the two candidates "wish each other well."

Former council members are on the list of supporters, spanning the political spectrum from Gail Slocum to Mickie Winkler.

Some supporters are Menlo Park residents who actively backed Measure M, a 2014 ballot initiative, defeated by voters, to restrict the amount of office development allowed by the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan. Mr. Mueller opposed Measure M, but said that despite differences of opinion, he has an "excellent working relationship with these individuals."

Several officials from Santa Clara County are named as supporters, including Santa Clara County Supervisor (and former state senator) Joe Simitian and Palo Alto Councilman and Mayor Pat Burt.

Asked whether his seeking support from beyond Menlo Park and even beyond San Mateo County suggests he is looking ahead to seeking higher office in the future, Mr. Mueller said: "I don't presume to know whether or not that'll ever happen." He said that in his work as city councilman, some of the issues he's sought to address have required the cooperation of county and regional elected officials, some of whom are members of the host committee.

Announcing a council campaign in February for a November election, given that the candidate filing period doesn't open until July, seems a bit early.

Mr. Mueller said his head start sends a message to community leaders that he's "not going anywhere."

"The sooner I can provide that (to) people, the better I'll be at achieving my policy goals," he said.

Some of those goals, he said, are to promote educational equity across Menlo Park; support bike and pedestrian infrastructure, including the installation of sidewalks along Santa Cruz Avenue; and improve the downtown area with on-street dining options for restaurants and an entertainment venue. He added he will try to be responsive to people who reach out to him seeking help from the city.

Catherine Carlton

Ms. Carlton said she has not announced her campaign at a formal event because the election is several months off. However, she said, she is in the process of gathering a list of supporters and updating her website.

"I trust that Ray and I will win in November and continue to work on projects that move Menlo Park forward," she said.

Anyone over 18 years of age who is a resident and registered voter in Menlo Park can run for a seat on the council. Potential candidates can pick up nomination and other paperwork from the City Clerk's office. Go to the city website for more information for potential candidates.

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Posted by Private Pilot
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 2, 2016 at 12:56 am

Private Pilot is a registered user.

I would like to see a one page policy statement from each candidate on the main issues,

"educational equality across Menlo Park"
His vision for downtown, Santa Cruz ave. resteraunts, other uses, timing, etc,
RR grade crossing,
Increased aircraft noise,

Pick 10 relevant items, put out a 1 page report on each item and Please be specific

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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 2, 2016 at 8:10 am

Ray Cat hae performed admirably and both deserve a second term.

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Posted by Sanford Carnahan
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 26, 2016 at 11:40 am

We have enjoyed an excellent city council in recent years. I believe Mueller and Carlton played important roles in the city council's performance.

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Posted by Menlo Moderate
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on May 27, 2016 at 1:44 pm

Last election cycle Gail Slocum offered us her "progressive" slate of Drew Combs, Kelly Fergusson, and Kristen Duriseti. Thankfully they all went down in a resounding defeat. 2002 Redux.

Both Ray and Cat have performed admirably. One can hope that Ms. Slocum will stay on the sidelines this election cycle and not offer up more of her far left candidates. Menlo Park is liberal but not insane. Since 2010 Menlo Park has been free of far left candidates and the council has performed very well with centrist council members. If it ain't broke don't fix it. Stay the course with Ray and Cat.

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Posted by facts, please
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 27, 2016 at 2:27 pm

To the person who identifies as Menlo Moderate:

Your post is rich bait to the curious and the logic lovers. So many questions ...

For example, can I infer from your original characterization of the three candidates as a "progressive" slate, and your subsequent characterization of the same as "far left candidates" that you think of "far left" and "progressive" as identical political positions?

Also, if memory serves, Gail Slocum was on the city council in the early 1990s. Maybe I'm not hooked into the political goings-on in town as much as I should be, but what did Slocum have to do with the three candidates in question? Is she still active in politics? If so, does she really wield so much power? Or is her name just one more hot button that people who don't like "far left" and "progressive" residents like to push to incite?

And one last thing: "Moderate"? Really?

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on May 27, 2016 at 2:36 pm

A platform of reducing City red-tape and over-zealous hirings would be very welcome. I doubt Cat and Ray make that their agenda.

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Posted by Facts
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm

Gail Slocum endorsed Ray Mueller for City Council in 2012, and according this Almanac article she has already endorsed him for re-election in 2016.

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