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News - August 15, 2018

Town councils to decide on having elections

by Dave Boyce

There will be at least one election for the four open seats on the Woodside Town Council. Whether there will be more, and whether there will be an election at all in Portola Valley, remains to be seen.

With three seats open on the Portola Valley council, the candidate filing period closed Aug. 10 with all three incumbents — Maryann Derwin, Craig Hughes and John Richards — having filed for re-election. With no challengers, the council will decide at its Aug. 22 meeting whether to hold an election, the town clerk told The Almanac.

The filing period is still open for three open seats on the Woodside council. It closes on Wednesday, Aug. 15. Go to for an update after the filing period closes.

The filing period for District 7 is closed.

Four people have qualified as candidates in the Woodside race, and one has taken out nomination papers but not yet completed the process.

The qualified candidates so far are:

• Brian Dombkowski seeks a four-year term for District 2: neighborhoods along Woodside Road west of Albion Avenue and along Kings Mountain and Tripp roads. The district is currently represented by Deborah Gordon.

• Richard "Dick" Brown seeks a four-year term for District 6: neighborhoods south of Woodside Road and east of Mountain Home Road on both sides of Interstate 280, and the area south of Bardet Road along Canada Road. The district is currently represented by Anne Kasten.

• Ned Fluet and Frank Rosenblum are running for a two-year term for District 7: neighborhoods along La Honda and Old La Honda roads and areas west of Portola Road. The winner will serve the two years remaining in the term of Peter Mason, who resigned in March 2018.

Sean P. Scott filed papers but has not yet qualified as a candidate for a four-year term for District 4: neighborhoods along Canada Road and north of Arbor Court and Olive Hill Lane. The district is currently represented by Dave Tanner.

Woodside council candidates must live in the district they seek to represent, but are elected by all of the town's voters. Go to to determine which district you're living in.

The Woodside council will decide whether to have elections in districts in which the races are uncontested.


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