The Woodside council decided to hold an election instead of appointing the unopposed candidates to give residents an opportunity to file as write-in candidates.
However, no write-in candidates filed by the Oct. 25 deadline. Votes for write-ins who are not registered are not counted, said David Tom, San Mateo County elections manager.
Woodside has a district election system: each council member must reside in a particular district but is elected town-wide. Each of the candidates on the ballot is running unopposed in his district (they are all men).
The four Woodside candidates, and soon to be councilmen, include three incumbents — Dave Burow (District 5), Peter Mason (District 7) and Ron Romines (District 1) — plus a newcomer, Tom Shanahan (District 3).