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News - August 15, 2018

Eight qualify to run for Menlo Park's three open council seats

by Kate Bradshaw

Menlo Park is expected to have a full roster of candidates running in its inaugural year of district-based elections.

Following the Aug. 10 deadline to submit the required paperwork to run for a City Council seat, of the nine potential candidates who pulled papers to run, all but one submitted candidate paperwork and qualified to run for office.

They are:

District 1, which includes Belle Haven and the rest of Menlo Park east of U.S. 101: Cecilia Taylor, Mike Dunn and George Yang.

Taylor ran unsuccessfully for City Council in 2016. Since then, she has founded Belle Haven Action, a nonprofit that is focused on improving quality of life in the neighborhood.

Dunn is an apparent newcomer to Menlo Park's civic scene.

Yang is a current member of the city's Sister City Committee. In 2012, he ran as a Republican for the state Assembly District 24 seat, losing to incumbent Rich Gordon.

District 2, which includes the Willows, Flood Triangle and Suburban Park neighborhoods: Drew Combs and Kirsten Keith.

Combs is a member of the city's Planning Commission and works at Facebook.

Keith is a current member of the City Council. She was first elected in 2010.

District 4, which includes the downtown and Allied Arts neighborhoods: Ron Shepherd, Betsy Nash, and Peter Ohtaki.

Shepherd is a member of the city's Finance & Audit Committee, and served four terms on the West Bay Sanitary District board starting in 2000.

Nash is a member of the city's Complete Streets Commission.

Ohtaki is a current member of the City Council, and is serving as mayor this year. He was first elected in 2010.

Rachel Horst, a current member of the city's Housing Commission, pulled papers to run for District 4, but didn't file them.

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