Contested elections may be ahead for high school and community college district boards

Of the many seats on local governing boards up for election in November, contests appear to be shaping up for the Sequoia Union High School District and the San Mateo County Community College District. With two seats open on each district board, both have had three people take out candidacy papers, according to the county elections office.

The candidate filing period closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. For offices without an eligible incumbent seeking re-election, the filing period will be extended another five calendar days and will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14. All terms are for four years.

Candidate rosters are updated by the elections office every day at 5 p.m. Go to this link for roster updates, or to for more information on San Mateo County elections.

Sequoia district board

The Sequoia district board governs the operations of four public high schools -- including Woodside and Menlo-Atherton -- one continuation high school and the adult education program in southern San Mateo County. The candidates so far for the board are incumbents Alan Sarver and Chris Thomsen and challenger Georgia Jack.

■ Mr. Sarver was elected to his first term on the Sequoia board in November 2009. He is a retired software manager, a former K-6 teacher and a resident of Belmont.

■ Mr. Thomsen was elected to his first term on the Sequoia board in 2009. He directs Stanford University's Institute for Research in the Social Sciences and is a resident of Menlo Park.

■ Ms. Jack is a manager in the office of development at Stanford, where she oversees policies and programs on the use of donor funds, including scholarships, professorships and fellowships, according to her candidate website. Ms. Jack lives in Redwood City.

College district board

The community college district board governs the operations of three colleges in San Mateo County: Canada College in Woodside, College of San Mateo in San Mateo, and Skyline College in San Bruno. The candidates so far are incumbent Richard Holober and challengers Samuel Diaz and Thomas Mohr.

■ Mr. Holober was elected to his first term on the community college district board in 1997 and has been re-elected three times. He did not include a description of his occupation for the 2013 candidate roster, but in previous elections he has described himself as an educator and consumer advocate. He lives in Millbrae.

■ Mr. Diaz is a writer, which is the only bit of information included about him on the candidate roster.

■ Mr. Mohr was named interim president of Canada Community College in Woodside in 2005 and president in 2007. He retired in 2011. He lives in San Mateo.

For the West Bay Sanitary District board, where there are two seats open, incumbent Edward "Ned" Moritz has taken out papers.

The candidate roster shows no activity so far for elections on the boards of Woodside Fire Protection District (one seat), the Ladera Recreation District (two seats) and the Los Trancos Water District (three seats).


Posted by Eva Travers, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Oct 2, 2013 at 11:55 pm

Frightening who is attempting to climb onto a local school board.

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