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More candidates emerge for local races

Original post made on Aug 14, 2009

A last chance for newcomers to run for election in November brought out a handful of late-filing candidates for local districts. The extended filing period ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, for all races in which an incumbent chose not to run for re-election.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 13, 2009, 11:42 AM

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Posted by Jamie Shepard
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:50 am

The League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County will organize local candidates forums in September and October. As always, the League will not endorse any political candidate nor party, maintaining impartiality solely in the interest of voter education. We will publicize these events and encourage all citizens to become active in the democratic process (note the lower care "d"), educated on the issues, and familiar with the candidates who are willing to give their time and talents in public service. They all deserve our respectful attention and focus on the issues at hand.

We especially appreciate the ALMANAC's role in the voter education mission. A free and informed public is the basis of every great civilization.

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Posted by Would Be Candidate
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 19, 2009 at 2:07 am

Isn't it a little embarrassing that many of the elections in, and around, Menlo Park do not get true, honest to goodness, competitiion? I think all of us, especially those that post to the Almanac blog with their ridiculous banter about past elected officials, and brow beating the current ones, need to shut down the negativity, and help build/grow the community effectively. We can't continue to have the "I don't want any growth, I don't care what it is" mentality, versus the "let's build anything and everything, regardless of where" mentality. There is such a think called compromise, and communicating effectively. How about we all become grown adults and try that for awhile. Most of the Almanac blog is trash, it's embarrassing to be part of a very fortunate, rich, brilliant community, that cannot effectively communicate!! Please stop the madness!

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Posted by A Fan
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 19, 2009 at 8:16 am

Would Be Candidate, Are you running for a public office? I hope so, since you seem to have the public interest at heart. But I don't think that everyone who posts here is negative. If I did, I wouldn't continue coming back to it and occasionally posting. I've seen comments on many issues by some very creative thinkers and people who are trying to make constructive points.

Don't be discouraged by the hysterical ideologues. They show up on every blog, and they're easy to ignore.

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Posted by Former Council Member
a resident of Woodside: other
on Aug 20, 2009 at 3:23 pm

It's easy to be critical from the safety of the sidelines. Why be a "Would Be Candidate." Be a "Candidate." You seem pretty smart!

Why don't you make the effort to file a run for the office, craft your position papers, raise some campaign funds, debate your opponents, meet the public, take your chances at winning the election. Assuming you win, you'll have to devote 8 to 10 hours each week to your community for the next four years.

Try it. The game is usually a bit more challenging than it looks from the stands.

And then we can fault you when you "step in it!"

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