Almanac

News - August 3, 2011

Election update: No contested elections so far in this area

by Dave Boyce

With a little more than two weeks left to register as a candidate for the November election, there are no contested elections so far in the Almanac circulation area. A contested election occurs when there are more candidates than seats to fill on a council, school board or special district board.

Below is a roundup of local election activity.

High school board

Three of five seats on the governing board of the Sequoia Union High School District are up for election.

Two incumbents Olivia Martinez and Lorraine Rumley have confirmed to the Almanac their plans to seek re-election. Ms. Rumley has "qualified," according to a report from the office of the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters, meaning that she has completed the formal nomination process.

Sequoia board incumbent Don Gibson has not announced his plans and has not begun the nomination process, the report shows.

These incumbents have three challengers so far, including two who have qualified: San Carlos School District board member Carrie B. Du Bois, and Stanford University law school lecturer and Menlo Park resident Allen Weiner. Larry James Moody, a former director of a ministry in East Palo Alto, is listed as not yet qualified.

The filing period closes at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, unless the election includes an incumbent not running for re-election. In that event, the deadline is extended five days to Aug. 17.

Portola Valley

With Town Councilman Steve Toben not running, and Councilwoman Ann Wengert saying she plans to run, Jeff Aalfs, a member of the Architecture & Site Control Commission, is the only candidate so far who has pulled papers for a council seat, according to Town Clerk Sharon Hanlon.

Mr. Aalfs' candidacy would be uncontested if no one else comes forward before the filing deadline, which in Portola Valley is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Papers are available in Town Hall at 765 Portola Road on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m.

There are no changes so far in the election for governing board of the Portola Valley school district. Of the two incumbents whose terms expire this year, Jocelyn Swisher has qualified and Steven Humphreys has not yet begun the process, the report shows.

Woodside

Woodside resident Eldona Hamel has begun the nomination process for the Town Council seat being vacated in November by Sue Boynton, according to Assistant Town Manager Kevin Bryant.

Ms. Boynton represents District 3, the neighborhood bordered by Mountain Home, Manzanita, Woodside and Portola roads. Candidates must reside in the district they are running to represent, but the election is town-wide.

Council incumbents who plan to run for re-election are Mayor Ron Romines and councilmen Peter Mason and Dave Burow.

Papers are available in Town Hall at 2955 Woodside Road on weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. The filing deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

In Woodside Elementary School District, Kevin P. B. Johnson has taken out papers to run for the school board, but there is no activity from incumbents Ellen Ablow and Ginger Bamford, both of whose terms expire this year.

Other races

Two candidates have qualified for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District board, incumbent Bart Spencer and Robert Silano, a security consultant who ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2009. Incumbent Peter Carpenter is not running for re-election.

In the Woodside Fire Protection District, incumbent John Gardner has qualified while incumbent Patrick Cain plans to run for re-election, Fire Chief Dan Ghiorso told the Almanac.

In the San Mateo County Community College District, the three incumbents Dave Mandelkern, Patricia Miljanich and Karen Schwarz have qualified for re-election. Jaime Diaz has taken out nomination papers but not yet returned them, the report shows.

Incumbent David Alexander Walker has begun the re-election process for his seat on the board of the West Bay Sanitary District, the report shows.

No activity yet for two seats each on the boards of the Ladera Recreation District and Los Trancos County Water District.

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