Roster grows by seven in local races


The list of potential candidates running for local office in San Mateo County in the Nov. 6 election has grown by seven since late Monday, the first day of the candidate filing period.

Information from local city and town clerks, and rosters published by the San Mateo County Elections Office show new potential candidacies for local town councils, school districts, and a local fire protection district.

In Menlo Park, Cecilia Taylor picked up papers to run for a City Council seat representing District 1, the Belle Haven neighborhood.

The city switched to a district election system for 2018 after receiving a lawsuit threat that alleged the city's at-large voting system made it harder for minorities to be elected.

In Portola Valley, Councilwoman Maryann Derwin and Mayor John Richards have picked up nomination papers from Town Hall, the town clerk said.

Scott Saywell also picked up nomination papers for a seat on the board of the Menlo Park City School District.

In the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, appointed incumbent Robert Jones has taken out papers. And Atherton resident Colleen E. Haight, a professor of economics at San Jose State University, also picked up nomination papers. (Haight said on July 20 that she has decided not to run.)

Julian Alberto Garcia, a special education aide and resident of East Palo Alto, picked up papers for a seat on the board of the Ravenswood City School District.

Jon Venverloh, a technology executive and parent, completed his paperwork and is qualified to run for a seat on the board of the Las Lomitas Elementary School District. Venverloh's community of residence is not shown on the roster.

Names on the county's roster are listed as "pending" until after election officials have verified that the required 20 to 30 people who signed a would-be candidate's nomination papers are registered voters. With verification of the signatures, the candidate is listed as "qualified."

Previously reported election news

Local candidates and potential candidates previously reported by The Almanac as having picked up nomination papers include the following:

For the Atherton City Council: Bill Widmer, Mike Lempres, Rick DeGolia and Jeanne Jensen

For the Menlo Park City Council: George Yang and Kirsten Keith

For the Portola Valley Town Council: Craig Hughes

For the Woodside Town Council: Ned Fluet, Frank Rosenblum and Dick Brown

For the Menlo Park City School District governing board: Stacey Jones and Sherwin Chen

For the Menlo Park Fire Protection District governing board: Jim McLaughlin

For the Sequoia Union High School District governing board: Chris Thomsen


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