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Voter Guide 2020: A roundup of The Almanac's news coverage and endorsements

What voters need to know about local candidates and issues on the Nov. 3 ballot

As you prepare to fill out your ballot for the Nov. 3 election, The Almanac has compiled this voter guide view with news stories and editorials to help you make an informed decision on local races. We'll keep adding links leading up to Election Day:

Menlo Park City Council Chambers.

Menlo Park City Council

Three candidates are vying for one open seat on the Menlo Park City Council representing the city's District 3. Find our Voter Guide story on the contenders here.

Additional coverage of the race:

Menlo Park council race: Tensions grow over residential rezoning

A Menlo Park City Council candidate has alleged another campaign discouraged him from running. What really happened?

Atherton City Council

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Two incumbents and two challengers are facing off for two seats on the Atherton City Council. Read our Voter Guide story on the candidates here.

Additional coverage of the race:

Atherton council race's top fundraisers are incumbent Wiest, challenger David

In Atherton council race, challenger boasts biggest campaign war chest

Atherton mayor endorses newcomer for council over incumbent

Portola Valley Town Center. Photo by Michelle Le.

Portola Valley Town Council

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One incumbent and three challengers are seeking a seat on the Portola Valley Town Council this November. Read our Voter Guide story about the candidates here.

Menlo Park Fire Protection District board

Two incumbents and two nonincumbents are in a race for two seats on the fire board. Here's our Voter Guide story on the candidates.

Additional coverage of the race:

Law enforcement officials donate to fire board incumbents

Fire board challenger pours money into his campaign — and his fellow candidate's

Las Lomitas Elementary School District board

Three newcomers are vying for two seats on the board that governs Las Lomitas Elementary School in Atherton and La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park. Read our Voter Guide story on the candidates here.

Additional coverage of the race:

Fundraising for school board races slows as elections approach

Oak Knoll Elementary School first-graders sit on socially distanced markers on the ground at the end of recess before heading back to class in Menlo Park on Sept. 29, 2020. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Menlo Park City School District board

Three are competing for two seats on the school board. Read our Voter Guide story here.

San Mateo County Community College District board

In Area 5, three candidates vie to represent Redwood City, East Palo Alto and part of Menlo Park. Find our Voter Guide story here.

Additional coverage of the race:

Election briefs: 'Protect the Vote' protests, campaign finance updates

An empty Menlo-Atherton High School campus on March 16, 2020. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Sequoia Union High School District board

Five candidates are running for three open seats on the Sequoia Union High School District board. Read all about them here.

Additional coverage of the race:

Sequoia district candidates bring in long list of donations

High school district board candidate drops out of race, citing need for more elected 'voices of color'

Measure RR

Caltrain has placed an eighth-cent sales tax on the November ballot. Read about Measure RR here.

Additional coverage of the race:

With SF's 11th-hour vote, three-county sales tax measure to fund Caltrain can go before voters

Endorsement editorials

The Almanac is making endorsements in key races.

Read the Menlo Park City Council endorsement here.

Read the Atherton City Council endorsement here.

Read the Portola Valley Town Council endorsement here.

Read our recommendations on additional candidates, Caltrain's Measure RR and state propositions BI here==.

Read why The Almanac makes endorsements and what it means here.

Guest opinions

Guest Opinions: Arguments for, against Caltrain's Measure RR

Guest opinion: Leveling the ground: Yes on Proposition 15

Guest opinion: Vote no on Proposition 15

Guest opinion: It's time to get out the vote

Guest opinion: Setting the record straight on Atherton and the fire district

State propositions

Find out more about statewide propositions on your ballot from our partners at CalMatters.

Read the story here.

Andrea Reyna, left, drops off her ballet in Menlo Park on March 3, 2020. Photo by Sammy Dallal.

Voter resources

An unprecedented number of voters will be casting their ballots by mail ahead of Nov. 3. Find out how mail-in voting will work this fall, plus articles on this election season here.

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Voter Guide 2020: A roundup of The Almanac's news coverage and endorsements

What voters need to know about local candidates and issues on the Nov. 3 ballot

by / Almanac

Uploaded: Wed, Oct 14, 2020, 11:55 am

As you prepare to fill out your ballot for the Nov. 3 election, The Almanac has compiled this voter guide view with news stories and editorials to help you make an informed decision on local races. We'll keep adding links leading up to Election Day:

Three candidates are vying for one open seat on the Menlo Park City Council representing the city's District 3. Find our Voter Guide story on the contenders here.

Additional coverage of the race:

Menlo Park council race: Tensions grow over residential rezoning

A Menlo Park City Council candidate has alleged another campaign discouraged him from running. What really happened?

Two incumbents and two challengers are facing off for two seats on the Atherton City Council. Read our Voter Guide story on the candidates here.

Additional coverage of the race:

Atherton council race's top fundraisers are incumbent Wiest, challenger David

In Atherton council race, challenger boasts biggest campaign war chest

Atherton mayor endorses newcomer for council over incumbent

One incumbent and three challengers are seeking a seat on the Portola Valley Town Council this November. Read our Voter Guide story about the candidates here.

Two incumbents and two nonincumbents are in a race for two seats on the fire board. Here's our Voter Guide story on the candidates.

Additional coverage of the race:

Law enforcement officials donate to fire board incumbents

Fire board challenger pours money into his campaign — and his fellow candidate's

Three newcomers are vying for two seats on the board that governs Las Lomitas Elementary School in Atherton and La Entrada Middle School in Menlo Park. Read our Voter Guide story on the candidates here.

Additional coverage of the race:

Fundraising for school board races slows as elections approach

Three are competing for two seats on the school board. Read our Voter Guide story here.

In Area 5, three candidates vie to represent Redwood City, East Palo Alto and part of Menlo Park. Find our Voter Guide story here.

Additional coverage of the race:

Election briefs: 'Protect the Vote' protests, campaign finance updates

Five candidates are running for three open seats on the Sequoia Union High School District board. Read all about them here.

Additional coverage of the race:

Sequoia district candidates bring in long list of donations

High school district board candidate drops out of race, citing need for more elected 'voices of color'

Caltrain has placed an eighth-cent sales tax on the November ballot. Read about Measure RR here.

Additional coverage of the race:

With SF's 11th-hour vote, three-county sales tax measure to fund Caltrain can go before voters

The Almanac is making endorsements in key races.

Read the Menlo Park City Council endorsement here.

Read the Atherton City Council endorsement here.

Read the Portola Valley Town Council endorsement here.

Read our recommendations on additional candidates, Caltrain's Measure RR and state propositions BI here==.

Read why The Almanac makes endorsements and what it means here.

Guest Opinions: Arguments for, against Caltrain's Measure RR

Guest opinion: Leveling the ground: Yes on Proposition 15

Guest opinion: Vote no on Proposition 15

Guest opinion: It's time to get out the vote

Guest opinion: Setting the record straight on Atherton and the fire district

Find out more about statewide propositions on your ballot from our partners at CalMatters.

Read the story here.

An unprecedented number of voters will be casting their ballots by mail ahead of Nov. 3. Find out how mail-in voting will work this fall, plus articles on this election season here.

Comments

conscience
Registered user
Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 14, 2020 at 2:12 pm
conscience, Menlo Park: The Willows
Registered user
on Oct 14, 2020 at 2:12 pm

Why isn't the Almanac endorsing Councilmember Ray Mueller's re-election to the City Council. Yes, he's unopposed, but that doesn't mean that the Almanac should ignore his candidacy and history of service to the City.


Ray Mueller
Registered user
Menlo Park: University Heights
on Oct 14, 2020 at 3:53 pm
Ray Mueller, Menlo Park: University Heights
Registered user
on Oct 14, 2020 at 3:53 pm

@conscience, thank you for your support. It was very kind of you to mention my candidacy worthy of endorsement.

Regarding the Almanac's endorsement, candidly I wasn't asked to sit for endorsement interviews this year by any of the local newspapers or local political party organizations because I was running unopposed.

I don't feel ignored, but I do hope voters don't interpret the lack of endorsement as a statement on my candidacy.

If residents are interested in viewing endorsements I have recieved they are invited to view my website: www.muellerformenlopark.com

THank you again for your kindness.



Another Perspective
Registered user
Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 28, 2020 at 6:49 pm
Another Perspective, Menlo Park: The Willows
Registered user
on Oct 28, 2020 at 6:49 pm

"The only rational approach for voters is to vote out the incumbents. This year, voters on the coast will have two opportunities to do so. District 4 covers most of the Coastside population and pits incumbent Tom Mattusch against two challengers, Dawn Korth and Lee Fernandez, both of whom live on this side of the hill. District 5, to the south, includes La Honda and Pescadero in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Incumbent Virginia Kiraly-Chang is running against Menlo Park’s Kirsten Keith. We didn’t bother with interviews in District 5 since we could not in good conscience endorse Kiraly-Chang." Web Link
— Editorial board, Half Moon Bay Review, Oct, 21, 2020


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