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News - August 22, 2018

List of council candidates set

Menlo Park, Woodside have contested races

by Dave Boyce

The list of candidates for the Nov. 6 election in San Mateo County has been settled. With the exception of write-in candidates — their window opens on Sept. 10 and closes Oct. 23 — the filing deadlines have passed for people seeking seats on the city and town councils in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside.

Contested elections are ahead for all three seats open on the Menlo Park City Council. In Woodside, four council seats are open, one is contested, and no incumbents are running for re-election.

Just one candidate is running for each of the three open council seats in both Atherton and Portola Valley, and for three of four seats open in Woodside.

When races are uncontested, councils have the option of appointing candidates to office and forgoing elections. The Woodside council has authorized elections for all four seats. The Atherton and Portola Valley councils were scheduled to take up the matter this week.

This is the first election in Menlo Park since the council changed the election system from at-large voting, in which every voter can vote for every candidate, to voting by district, in which voters living in each of the five districts vote for candidates who also live in their respective districts.

Here are the candidates:

Menlo Park

In Menlo Park, all three seats are for four-year terms.

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

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

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


Four seats are open on the Woodside council. The seats for districts 2, 4 and 6 are for four-year terms, and the District 7 seat is for a two-year term.

• District 2, which includes the neighborhoods on Woodside Road west of Albion Avenue and along Kings Mountain and Tripp roads: Brian Dombkowski. (The district is currently represented by Deborah Gordon.)

• District 4, which includes neighborhoods along Canada Road and north of Arbor Court and Olive Hill Lane: Sean P. Scott. (The district is currently represented by Dave Tanner.)

• District 6, which includes neighborhoods south of Woodside Road and east of Mountain Home Road on both sides of Interstate 280, as well as the area south of Bardet Road along Canada Road: Richard "Dick" Brown. (The district is currently represented by Anne Kasten.)

• District 7, which includes neighborhoods along La Honda and Old La Honda roads, areas generally west of Portola Road: Ned Fluet and Frank Rosenblum. (The seat has been vacant since Peter Mason resigned in March.)


Three seats are open, each for a four-year term. The candidates are incumbents Rick DeGolia, Mike Lempres and Bill Widmer.

Portola Valley

Three seats are open, each for a four-year term. The candidates are incumbents Maryann Moise Derwin, Craig Hughes and John Richards.


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