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Local election roundup: who has filed for council, board seats

Filing deadline was Aug. 12

The candidate filing deadline for the Nov. 8 election was 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. In the race for the Menlo Park City School District governing board, in which neither incumbent filed for re-election, the filing period is extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

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


The following information is from the county's 8:52 p.m. update on Aug. 12.

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Las Lomitas School District

Two school board incumbents are the only candidates 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.

No additional candidates filed before 5 p.m. Friday, so the district does not need to hold an election.

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Atherton council

Elizabeth Lewis and Cary Wiest, the incumbents on the Atherton City Council whose terms expire this year, are the only candidates for two open council seats.

A special council meeting will be held later this month for the council to decide if it wants to hold an election or appoint the two incumbents to the open spots. If an election is held, write-in candidates may register.

Ms. Lewis has served two terms and Mr. Wiest is finishing his first term.

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Menlo Park council

Menlo Park City Council incumbents Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton, whose terms expire this year are running for re-election along with Cecilia Taylor, a resident of Belle Haven. See Three file for two Menlo Park council seats.

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Menlo Park City School District

The Menlo Park City School District has four candidates, and, because neither incumbent filed to run, additional candidates have until Aug. 17 to file.

David Ackerman, an educator, Alka Gupta, an entrepreneur and executive, Scott Saywell, who is in business development in biotechnology, and Scott Hinshaw, who served about nine months on the board in 2104 when he was appointed to fill out a term, are the four candidates.

Incumbents Jeff Child and Maria Hilton did not file for re-election.

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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 and Harland Harrison, a software engineer, are also candidates.

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Harbor District

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

Brian Rodgers and Ed Larenas are running for one two-year seat on the harbor district board. Brandon Christopher Kwan has withdrawn from the race.

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San Mateo County Board of Education

Incumbent Joe Ross is the only candidate as the trustee representing District 7, which includes the Menlo Park City, Las Lomitas, Woodside, Portola Valley and Ravenswood City school districts.

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Ravenswood City School District

In the Ravenswood City School District, school board incumbents Sharifa Wilson and Marco Chavez and Marielena Gaona-Mendoza, a special education teacher, are running for two open spots.

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