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Bernstein, Jones and Bloom leading in Menlo Park Fire Board race

by Cameron Rebosio

Chuck Bernstein, Robert Jones and Gary Bloom are poised to take the three seats up for election on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors.

Four candidates ran, with Dionis Papavramidis trailing the leaders. The fire district provides emergency services to Atherton, East Palo Alto and surrounding unincorporated communities as well as Menlo Park.

As of noon on Nov. 9, Bernstein was leading with 7,862 votes, or 33.3%, followed by Jones with 6,866 votes, or 29.1%, and Bloom with 6,385 votes or 27.1%. Papavramidis had 2,475 votes or 10.5%.

Bernstein, an incumbent board member, has said his priorities are to build a districtwide network of volunteers, improve the financial standing of the district and increase the diversity of its staff.

Jones, also an incumbent, said he would focus on diversity in the district, along with developing both the fire district's community disaster preparedness and response plan, and the district's strategic plan and accountability structure.

Bloom is one of two newcomers in the race, and he's said if elected he'll focus on community preparedness, the district's relationship with ambulance companies and diversity and equity. East Palo Alto resident Papavramidis, the race's other newcomer, did no campaigning and did not reply to The Almanac's attempts to reach him.

Email Staff Writer Cameron Rebosio at [email protected]

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