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In Menlo Park, three candidates enter race for District 3 seat

Race for District 5 seat will be uncontested

Come November, Menlo Park will have both a contested and an uncontested City Council race, based on paperwork candidates have filed to run for local offices.

The deadline to file paperwork to run for City Council was Friday, Aug. 7.

This year's election represents the completion of the city's switch to district elections, which means that candidates now campaign as representatives of just one area of the city, rather than to represent the city at large.

Three candidates have qualified to run for District 3, which currently does not have a district representative on the City Council. They are Max Fennell, Chelsea Nguyen and Jen Wolosin.

District 3 includes the neighborhoods of Vintage Oaks, Felton Gables, Linfield Oaks, part of the Caltrain line and a small square of Menlo Park west of El Camino Real bordered by Santa Cruz Avenue, Valparaiso Avenue and Crane Street.

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Only one candidate has qualified to run for District 5, City Council incumbent Ray Mueller, who is finishing his second term representing the city at large. Catherine Carlton, who also lives in District 5, and was elected at-large twice, is not running.

District 5 covers Sharon Heights, Stanford Hills, and the portion of incorporated Menlo Park north of West Menlo Park between Santa Cruz Avenue and San Francisquito Creek, with its northeastern border zigzagging from Cotton Street to Middle Avenue to San Mateo Drive.

Read stories about each candidate's decision to run here:

Max Fennell

District 3 City Council candidate Max Fennell in Seminary Oaks Park in Menlo Park on July 8. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Chelsea Nguyen

District 3 City Council candidate Chelsea Nguyen by Menlo Park City Hall on Aug. 5. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

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Jen Wolosin

District 3 City Council candidate Jennifer Wolosin. Photo by Mark Tuschman.

Ray Mueller

District 5 City Council candidate and at-large incumbent council member Ray Mueller. Photo by Michelle Le.

Access the city of Menlo Park's election webpage here.

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In Menlo Park, three candidates enter race for District 3 seat

Race for District 5 seat will be uncontested

by / Almanac

Uploaded: Mon, Aug 10, 2020, 3:20 pm

Come November, Menlo Park will have both a contested and an uncontested City Council race, based on paperwork candidates have filed to run for local offices.

The deadline to file paperwork to run for City Council was Friday, Aug. 7.

This year's election represents the completion of the city's switch to district elections, which means that candidates now campaign as representatives of just one area of the city, rather than to represent the city at large.

Three candidates have qualified to run for District 3, which currently does not have a district representative on the City Council. They are Max Fennell, Chelsea Nguyen and Jen Wolosin.

District 3 includes the neighborhoods of Vintage Oaks, Felton Gables, Linfield Oaks, part of the Caltrain line and a small square of Menlo Park west of El Camino Real bordered by Santa Cruz Avenue, Valparaiso Avenue and Crane Street.

Only one candidate has qualified to run for District 5, City Council incumbent Ray Mueller, who is finishing his second term representing the city at large. Catherine Carlton, who also lives in District 5, and was elected at-large twice, is not running.

District 5 covers Sharon Heights, Stanford Hills, and the portion of incorporated Menlo Park north of West Menlo Park between Santa Cruz Avenue and San Francisquito Creek, with its northeastern border zigzagging from Cotton Street to Middle Avenue to San Mateo Drive.

Read stories about each candidate's decision to run here:

Max Fennell

Chelsea Nguyen

Jen Wolosin

Ray Mueller

Access the city of Menlo Park's election webpage here.

Comments

Brian
Registered user
Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 10, 2020 at 7:55 pm
Brian, Menlo Park: The Willows
Registered user
on Aug 10, 2020 at 7:55 pm
18 people like this

Only one of the Candidates in District 3 seems to have any experience with City Government and that is Jen Wolosin who stated the Safe Routes to School program and has been a member of the Complete Streets commission for years. Personally I think the other candidates should volunteer for one of the commissions or committees before they run for City Council. They should learn not only how things work but show that they are willing to put in the effort for the city before they get elected to the Council.


Peter Carpenter
Registered user
Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 11, 2020 at 10:41 am
Peter Carpenter, Menlo Park: Park Forest
Registered user
on Aug 11, 2020 at 10:41 am
11 people like this

Jen Wolosin would be a superb Council Member - she has a deep understanding of our community, has been a long time community volunteer, she is smart and she is disciplined.


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