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Nov. 8 election: Candiate filing updates

Most filing periods end Aug. 12

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 for that race will be extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

ShapeTheFuture.org, the county's official election website, has more information.

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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.

If no additional candidates file before 5 p.m. Friday, the district does not need to hold an election.

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.

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Atherton council

Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest, the incumbents on the Atherton City Council whose terms expire this year, have both filed to run for re-election to 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.

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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.

Cecilia Taylor, who lives in the Belle Haven neighborhood, has also taken out papers to run.

None of the three people who say they plan to run has yet submitted the required paperwork, which is due is Aug. 12.

For more information, see the city website or contact the Menlo Park city clerk's office at (650) 330-6620.

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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.

Scott Hinshaw, who served about nine months on the board in 2104 when he was appointed to fill out a term, has also taken out nomination papers.

As of Aug. 10, neither of the incumbents, Jeff Child and Maria Hilton, had taken out nomination papers. If either fails to file by Friday, the filing period for this election will remain open until Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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Sequoia Healthcare District

In the Sequoia Healthcare District, board members Kathleen Kane and Kim Griffin are candidates for re-election to two open seats while newcomer Lois Garcia, who works in information security, is also a candidate.

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Harbor District

In the San Mateo County Harbor District, incumbents Sabrina Brennan and Tom Mattusch and Shawn Mooney, a property tax auditor, have filed to run for three open four-year governing board seats. Incumbent Virginia Chang Kiraly has also taken out papers to run.

Brandon Christopher Kwan and Brian Rodgers have filed to run for one two-year seat on the harbor district board, and Ed Larenas has taken out papers. Incumbent Pietro Parravano had not filed as of Aug. 10.

San Mateo County Board of Education

Incumbent Joe Ross has filed to run for re-election as the trustee representing District 7, which includes the Menlo Park City, Las Lomitas, Woodside, Portola Valley and Ravenswood City school districts.

Ravenswood City School District

In the Ravenswood City School District, school board incumbent Sharifa Wilson has filed to run for re-election and incumbent Marco Chavez has taken out nomination papers as has Marielena Gaona-Mendoza, a special education teacher.

County election website

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

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Barbara Wood

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