Carpenter, a retired Menlo Park resident, didn't run for reelection when his term ended in 2018. He previously served on the fire board for over 15 years and has decades of management experience, including as former executive director of Stanford University Medical Center and executive vice president of the ALZA Corporation, according to his candidate's statement.
"Our superb fire chief will retire in 2021," Carpenter wrote. "In this challenging time, it is crucial that you elect those candidates who will effectively recruit a new chief and who will ensure a smooth transition of leadership such that the district can continue to be one of the best in the nation."
Ballard served as the resident representative on the fire district's Strategic Planning Subcommittee and on the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) executive board, according to a 2018 Almanac article.
He told The Almanac as a candidate for the board in 2018 that he thought the district could be more transparent in providing information to the public about upcoming meetings and budget details, and that he could contribute to the board as someone who's had a career in finance.
Board members serve four-year terms in the district, which covers Menlo Park, Atherton, East Palo Alto and nearby unincorporated areas of San Mateo County.
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