Incumbents Mueller, Carlton re-elected to Menlo Park council


Incumbents Ray Mueller and Catherine Carlton were re-elect Tuesday to another four-year term on the Menlo Park City Council.

With all 25 precincts counted, the votes were 5,518 for Mr. Mueller, 5,095 for Ms. Carlton and 4,411 for challenger Cecilia Taylor.

Ray Mueller

Cecilia Taylor
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Ms. Carlton and Mr. Mueller were fire elected in 2012.

Ms. Taylor would have been the first resident of Belle Haven to serve on the council since 1986.

All the current council members reside west of U.S. 101, but the area east of the Bayshore Freeway, including Belle Haven, is undergoing major changes due to a rapidly expanding Facebook and plans to allow much more development as the council prepares to update the city's general plan.

The candidates expressed different ideas about how to address city problems such as housing affordability, traffic congestion and educational inequity.

See the Almanac's Voter Guide story on the race.

The candidates

Ms. Carlton, 49, previously served on the Menlo Park Parks and Recreation Commission and was president of the Las Lomitas Education Foundation. She is business development director at Mandarin Matrix, an online learning company. She has a bachelor's degree from at Tulane University in public communications and an MBA from the Cass Business School in London.

Ray Mueller, 42, previous served as chair of the Menlo Park Transportation Commission and is a former chief of staff for Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. He is vice president of One Concern, an artificial intelligence company. He has a bachelor's degree in in bio-resources sciences from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from UC Hastings.

Ms. Taylor, 46, is a community volunteer and has been a member of the San Mateo County Housing Authority's ad hoc advisory board. A math teacher at a private school in Redwood City, she holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from San Francisco State University and an early childhood education certificate from Canada College.

Campaign fundraising

The candidates reported campaign fundraising information in documents submitted Oct. 27 and in subsequent updates.

Catherine Carlton reported raising $17,077 with donations from State Sen. Jerry Hill, the Stanford Park Hotel, developer Jeffrey Pollock of the Pollock Financial Group and County Supervisor Don Horsley, among others.

Ray Mueller reported raising $15,247 from donors such as Richard Draeger of Draeger's Market, County Supervisor Warren Slocum, the California Association of Realtors' Real Estate Political Action Committee and a former law professor.

Cecilia Taylor reported raising $3,709 from several local residents linked to a grassroots voters' group called "Voters for Equitable and Responsible Growth" that favors slow-growth policies. They included including Jim Wiley, Neilson Buchanan and Martin Lamarque.

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