The candidate filing period for Nov. 8 local elections to city councils, school board and special district boards opens July 18 and runs through Aug. 12.
In Menlo Park, two of the five seats on the City Council will be open. Incumbents Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton say they will seek re-election. Former candidates, Kristin Duriseti, who has been on the city's Environmental Quality Commission, and Drew Combs, current vice chair of the city's Planning Commission, told the Almanac they don't plan to run.
In Atherton, two of the five council seats will be open. Incumbents Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest said they will seek re-election.
The Las Lomitas School District and the Menlo Park City School District will each have two board seats open. The seats are now occupied by Jeff Child and Maria Hilton in the Menlo Park district and Diane Honda and William Steinmetz in the Las Lomitas district.
On the Sequoia Healthcare District board, there will be two open seats, now held by Kathleen Kane and Kimberly Griffin.
In the San Mateo County Harbor District, four of the five board seats will be open. They are occupied by Sabrina Brennan, Tom Mattusch, Pietro Parravano and Virginia Chang Kiraly. Ms. Chang Kiraly was appointed in November 2015 to fill a vacancy on the board. She is also on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
Elections are held in odd years for: Woodside and Portola Valley town councils; Woodside Elementary, Portola Valley and Sequoia Union High school districts; the Woodside and Menlo Park fire protection districts; the West Bay Sanitary District; and the Ladera Recreation District.
A state law adopted in 2015 says that beginning in 2018, municipalities, school districts and special districts will have to switch to even-year elections if turnout has been at least 25 percent less than the average turnout during the previous four even-year elections. Where this has happened, the districts will be expected to adopt by 2018 a plan to switch to even-year elections, whether by shortening or lengthening a term of office to make the switch, according to a San Mateo County candidate filing officer.
People considering running for office are invited to attend one of two optional candidate seminars at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, and at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21, at the Elections Division office at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo. Each seminar will be followed by a data seminar, during which candidates can learn about how to use the county's database of registered voters.
The deadline to file is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12; however, if an incumbent is eligible to run for re-election and does not, the deadline is extended by five days.
The deadline to submit arguments for and against local measures is 5 p.m. on Aug. 19. Impartial analyses and rebuttals must be submitted by Aug. 29. Write-in candidates can file for write-in candidacy between Sept. 12 and Oct. 25. Election day is Nov. 8 and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Go to shapethefuture.org for more information.