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Local residents signing up to run in November election

Filing period opened Monday

As the filing period for candidates in several local races opened on Monday, a number of local residents picked up the papers they must fill out to become candidates, while a few turned in their completed paperwork needed to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Atherton City Council

In Atherton, all three incumbents -- Bill Widmer, Mike Lempres and Rick DeGolia -- have picked up their candidacy papers, as did a possible challenger, Jeanne Jensen. No one had filed them with the necessary signatures as of 4 p.m. Monday.

Menlo Park City School District

In the Menlo Park City School District, with three open seats, incumbent Stacey Jones and challenger Sherwin Chen, a member of the district's finance and audit committee, have filed their papers and qualified for the ballot.

Scott Saywell, a former candidate for the school board, told The Almanac he plans to run for a seat but is out of town and cannot file the papers until he returns in August.

Incumbents Terry Thygesen and Joan Lambert have said they will not run for re-election.

Menlo Park City Council

In Menlo Park, newcomer George Yang in District 1 and current council member Kirsten Keith in District 2 have taken out candidacy papers but not returned them.

Several others submitted a form saying they were considering becoming a candidate but have not taken out papers: current council member Peter Ohtaki in District 4, former candidate Cecelia Taylor in District 1, and Sarah Stanley Shenk (who later announced she will not run) in District 2.

In Menlo Park, because this will be the first year for district elections there are considered to be no incumbents and the filing period will end on Aug. 10, whether or not current council members file to run.

Menlo Park Fire Protection District

In the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, with three open seats, Atherton resident Jim McLaughlin, a retired chief of the California Highway Patrol and a member of the Atherton Transportation Committee, has taken out papers as has appointed incumbent Robert Jones.

McLaughlin was also a member of the San Mateo County civil grand jury, which recently released a critical report on the fire district.

Incumbent Chuck Bernstein has said he plans to run for re-election and incumbent Peter Carpenter says he will not run.

Portola Valley Town Council

In Portola Valley, with three seats currently occupied by Maryann Derwin, Craig Hughes and John Richards up for election, only Craig Hughes has picked up candidacy papers, but had not yet filed them as of this morning.

Woodside Town Council

On the seven-member Woodside council, four seats are open. Three are now occupied by Deborah C. Gordon (District 2), Anne Kasten (District 6) and David Tanner (District 4); one is vacant (District 7).

All council terms are for four years except for the vacant seat for District 7; that term expires in 2020. Council members represent their districts, but are elected by the entire community.

Tanner (District 4) has said he will not be running for re-election because he is moving from Woodside.

Two challengers – Ned Fluet and Frank Rosenblum – have picked up papers for the District 7 seat, according to Woodside Town Clerk Dora Wong Seamans.

Dick Brown, who sits on the Architectural and Site Review Board, has picked up candidacy papers for the council seat representing District 6.

Sequoia Union High School District

In the Sequoia Union High School District, current board members Alan Sarver and Chris Thomsen had picked up papers for two open seats.

Other open races in November are:

School districts

• Woodside School District: Three seats, currently occupied by Claire Pollioni, Marc Tarpenning and Jennifer Zweig.

• Las Lomitas Elementary School District: Three seats, currently occupied by John Earnhardt, Rich Ginn and Christy Heaton.

• San Mateo County Community College District: Two seats, currently occupied by Richard Holober and Thomas Mohr.

Special districts

• West Bay Sanitary District: Three seats, currently occupied by Edward P. Moritz, Roy Thiele-Sardina and George Otte.

• Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District: Four seats, currently occupied by Nonette Hanko, Larry Hassett, Yoriko Kishimoto and Pete Siemens.

The candidate filing period ends at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. However, if an incumbent does not file for re-election, the filing period is extended by five days — to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Candidates for school districts and special districts file at the Registration & Elections Division at 40 Tower Road in San Mateo; candidates for council elections file with the respective city or town.

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Comments

10 people like this
Posted by Jacqui
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 17, 2018 at 12:55 pm

So, why isn't the Almanac even covering the Ravenswood City School Board vacancies? Just curious. And make sure you report that district as encompassing East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park (as we are technically the north side and not the east). Thanks for your work.


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 17, 2018 at 1:28 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Sequoia Healthcare District There are 3 Zones up for election:
Zone A - Incumbent Art Faro (Katie Kane‘s term expires in 2020)
Zone C – Incumbent Jack Hickey
Zone E – Incumbent Jerry Shefren
The other 2 zones will have elections in 2020:
Zone B – Incumbent Kim Griffin
Zone D – no incumbent, See: Web Link

One candidate, Michael Garb, has filed to run for Zone A(Art Faro’s seat)
See: Web Link


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Posted by ?'s for Mr. Hickey
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 17, 2018 at 2:53 pm

Mr. Hickey: thank you for the information. A quick question: you used to run on a platform that included term limits. Yet, having finally won an office after so, so many tries (governor, congress, etc..) you won't honor your previous pledges regarding your own term limits.

What happened?

Were you wrong before, or just wrong now? If you were to use a single word to describe your flip-flop, what would it be?

also: are you supporting Mr. Garb, the former gun dealer, or putting all candidates in your list??


(see info from your link)
"2005 – 2008 ... auction house selling antique firearms and military memorabilia"


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 17, 2018 at 4:21 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

I'm posting all candidates.


8 people like this
Posted by Journalism
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 17, 2018 at 9:03 pm

Please continue to support East Palo Alto and Belle Haven by including the Ravenswood City School District elections. Thank you!


6 people like this
Posted by Roy Thiele-Sardiña
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

Roy Thiele-Sardiña is a registered user.

I will be filing papers for re-election to the West Bay Sanitary District Board.

Roy Thiele-Sardina


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 19, 2018 at 9:52 am

Chuck Bernstein running again.... looks like unfinished work at the fire district....Mr. Personality....LOL

Jim, new comer, will make a good addition.

Glad to see George Yang, not a Menlo Park political puppet. Not a Facebook employee either, or funded by Facebook Foundations as some that will run...


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Jul 20, 2018 at 11:39 am

Hallelujah! Woodside's District 4 has the chance to be represented by someone with more than a high school education and someone without a conflict of interest. Any takers??


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Posted by full disclosure
a resident of another community
on Jul 20, 2018 at 3:38 pm

Here is some good advice for every candidate. Create or update your Linkedin page (which is free), and list where your income is from. Once elected, you and your spouse will be required to list where your income is from, and how much you earn: over $10K, over $100k, etc. You will also be required to list your investments over $2K.


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Posted by RUOOYFM
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm

Income and investments are a private matter. If a candidate wishes to disclose that is perfectly OK. If candidates want to keep their investments private that is their prerogative. I vote for people based upon 1) Their ideas, 2) Their past performance, 3) The ability to work well with others, and 4) Their ethics. Whether candidates are filthy rich or as poor as a church mouse is irrelevant.

Some people have a bias against accomplished people. Many accomplished people have accumulated great wealth. Are we supposed to hold their success against them and deny the electorate candidates who can serve the community well?


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Posted by arty
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm

"Some people have a bias against accomplished people."

Most people don't.

List five politicians who have been hurt because they were "accomplished people."


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Posted by RUOOYFM
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 23, 2018 at 3:51 pm

arty,

Your non-sequitur does not make sense.


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Posted by arty
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 23, 2018 at 4:14 pm

ditto.


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Posted by Theory of Relativity
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 28, 2018 at 1:28 pm

I don't know much about MP Fire District candidate Jim McLaughlin, but I'll admit I'm intrigued by his positions of "not being Chuck Bernstein", as well as his stance of "being a different person than Chuck Bernstein".


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Posted by Voter
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2018 at 9:47 pm

I'd like to know who has contributed to the campaign of East Palo Alto candidate Regina Wallace-Jones. How do voters obtain that information?


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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 3, 2018 at 3:47 pm

Jack Hickey is a registered user.

Regina Wallace-Jones has a website here: Website: reginawallacejones.com
Campaign finance filings can be found here:
Web Link
Regina Wallace-Jones has not yet established a campaign committee. She has filed a candidate statement which can be viewed after the filing period ends.

Aaron Nayfack has filed for Sequoia Healthcare District Zone C(I am the incumbent)
See: Web Link Aaron has filed a candidate statement which can be viewed after the filing period ends.

Mihael Garb, candidate for SHD Zone A(incumbent Art Faro) has filed a candidate statement which can be viewed after the filing period ends.


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