A total of 14o people are endorsing him, according to a press release he issued announcing members of his "host committee." These include elected officials at the federal, state, county and local levels, current and former Menlo Park council members and commissioners, as well as "friends and neighbors," Mr. Mueller said.
Among the names: Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park; state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo; state Assemblyman Rich Gordon, D-Menlo Park; all the county supervisors, and all of the sitting Menlo Park council members except for Ms. Carlton. Though she is not a member of Mr. Mueller's host committee, she said the two candidates "wish each other well."
Former council members are on the list of supporters, spanning the political spectrum from Gail Slocum to Mickie Winkler.
Some supporters are Menlo Park residents who actively backed Measure M, a 2014 ballot initiative, defeated by voters, to restrict the amount of office development allowed by the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan. Mr. Mueller opposed Measure M, but said that despite differences of opinion, he has an "excellent working relationship with these individuals."
Several officials from Santa Clara County are named as supporters, including Santa Clara County Supervisor (and former state senator) Joe Simitian and Palo Alto Councilman and Mayor Pat Burt. (Mr. Mueller was chief of staff to Supervisor Simitian in 2013 and 2014.)
Asked whether his seeking support from beyond Menlo Park and even beyond San Mateo County suggests he is looking ahead to seeking higher office in the future, Mr. Mueller said: "I don't presume to know whether or not that'll ever happen." He said that in his work as a city councilman, some of the issues he's sought to address have required the cooperation of county and regional elected officials, some of whom are members of the host committee.
Announcing a council campaign in February for a November election, given that the candidate filing period doesn't open until July, seems a bit early.
Mr. Mueller said his head start sends a message to community leaders that he's "not going anywhere."
"The sooner I can provide that (to) people, the better I'll be at achieving my policy goals," he said.
Some of those goals, he said, are to promote educational equity across Menlo Park; support bike and pedestrian infrastructure, including the installation of sidewalks along Santa Cruz Avenue; and improve the downtown area with on-street dining options for restaurants and an entertainment venue.
Ms. Carlton said she has not announced her campaign at a formal event because the election is several months off. However, she said, she is in the process of gathering a list of supporters and updating her website.
"I trust that Ray and I will win in November and continue to work on projects that move Menlo Park forward," she said.
Anyone over 18 years of age who is a resident and registered voter in Menlo Park can run for a seat on the council. Potential candidates can pick up nomination and other paperwork from the City Clerk's office.
Go to tinyurl.com/electreg72 for more information about candidate requirements.
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