Update: Who's running for local office


The candidate filing deadline for the Nov. 8 election is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. If an eligible incumbent doesn't file by that time, the filing period will be extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17., the county's official election website, has more information.


Las Lomitas School District

Two school board incumbents whose terms expire this year have filed for re-election in the Las Lomitas School District, which covers neighborhoods in the western part of Menlo Park and Atherton and small sections of Woodside, plus nearby unincorporated areas including Ladera.

Bill Steinmetz, a retired attorney from Ladera and Diane Honda, a Menlo Park attorney, are each completing their first term on the board. Both were unopposed in seeking their first terms.

More information and filing documents are available from the San Mateo County Registration and Elections Division at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo. The phone number is (650) 312-5222.


Atherton council

Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest, the incumbents on the Atherton City Council whose terms expire this year, have both returned their nomination papers for two open council seats.

Ms. Lewis will be running for her third term and Mr. Wiest for his second.

More information and filing documents are available from the Atherton city clerk's office at 91 Ashfield Road, or by calling (650) 752-0529.

The town has information about candidate filing, voter registration and the election on its website.


Menlo Park council

Menlo Park City Council incumbents Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton, whose terms expire this year, have both taken out papers to run for the two open council seats. Both were elected to their first terms in 2012 and say they plan to run for re-election.

For more information and filing documents, contact the Menlo Park city clerk's office at 701 Laurel St. or call (650) 330-6620.


Menlo Park City School District

David Ackerman, an educator, Alka Gupta, an entrepreneur and executive, and Scott Saywell, who is in business development in biotechnology, have all been qualified as candidates for two open board seats in the district.

As of Aug. 2, neither of the incumbents, Jeff Child and Maria Hilton, had taken out nomination papers.


Sequoia Healthcare District

In the Sequoia Healthcare District, board members Kathleen Kane and Kim Griffin are candidates for re-election. Ms. Griffin said she has served two four-year terms so far.


Harbor District

In the San Mateo County Harbor District, incumbents Sabrina Brennan, Tom Mattusch and Virginia Chang Kiraly have taken out papers to run for three open four-year governing board seats, according to county records.

Brandon Christopher Kwan, who ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2012, Edmundo Larenas and Brian Rodgers also have taken out papers to run for one two-year seat on the harbor district board. Incumbent Pietro Parravano had not filed as of Aug. 1.


Ravenswood City School District

In the Ravenswood City School District, school board incumbents Sharifa Wilson and Marco Chavez had not declared candidacy as of Aug. 1 according to county records.

Marielena Gaona-Mendoza, a special education teacher, has taken out papers to run for a board seat.


County election website

The San Mateo County elections office updates the filings at the end of each business day.

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