In a recent election a former, longtime ASRB member, who happened to be female, was running unopposed for the council but lost the election by a significant margin to a write-in candidate, who happened to be male. Gender did not factor into my voting; it was simply ideology.
The majority of the council have children at the elementary school and I know them, some as friends, and find it very hard to believe that they would be "dazzled by the shiny new 'Apple' before them," as your anonymous volunteer said. I strongly suspect that the voting, especially for ASRB, was based on who the council members thought were qualified and would best represent what the citizens of Woodside want for their town, as opposed to gender considerations.
It is important to have women in politics and local government. The other major elected board in Woodside is the school board. It is predominately female (three out of five members). However, in my opinion, gender, race, etc. are less relevant than whether voters feel the elected officials are qualified to represent them. I for one am currently happy.
Patrol Road, Woodside
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