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Meet the four candidates for two Atherton council seats

Original post made on Oct 9, 2020

There are four people vying for two open seats on the Atherton City Council this November, marking the first time in six years there has been a contested election in town.

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Posted by JL
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 9, 2020 at 1:02 pm

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Curious about Hawkins-Manuelian's position on SB 50. It is not stated here, nor on her website. Thank you.

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Oct 9, 2020 at 3:15 pm

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"Wiest said he is not in favor of detaching from the local fire district, despite DeGolia's claims."

If you believe then this I have a bridge to sell you.

This is pure election pandering by Wiest.

I challenge Wiest to post on this Forum a promise to not pursue either detachment from the Fire District or property tax reparations from the Fire District (which would require taking fire services away from East Palo Alto and Menlo Park).

The only way to put this messy issue behind us is to vote Wiest out of office and fortunately we have two much better candidates in David and Hawkins-Manuelian.

Posted by Steve Schmidt
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Oct 12, 2020 at 11:38 am

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Could the Fire Board please not return to the antagonism of Carpenter's days and get back to the work? Carpenter has shown over the years that he prefers chaos and uncertainty so that he can assert himself as a hero. There's too much Peter Carpenter theme to Carpenter's desire to return to the Board. If since 1915, only 2 women have served on the Fire Board, and Kiraly is the second woman, one might think that the Board needs more women and less Peter Carpenters. Mr. Carpenter needs to retire and let a younger and more diverse Board take the lead. Peter, we thank you for your service; now step back.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 12, 2020 at 8:25 pm

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antagonism is what is currently what is happening on this dysfunctional board.

Posted by Jade Butler
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Oct 14, 2020 at 5:20 am

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a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood

on Oct 14, 2020 at 11:33 am

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Posted by Colleen Anderson
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 14, 2020 at 1:09 pm

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I really like Christine David. It will be a fresh face that has served this community for 8 years. She understands the town. It would be nice if 2 new people got in. I do not fully understand why Lewis wanted term limits until she got into office and then term limits went out the window. New blood brings new ideas. People didn't run before not because it was a well-oiled machine like one member said many friends just gave up on the town and figured they didn't even care anymore. The baseball field that I was in favor of I realize now it was a huge mistake. It is way too big. The town center is too big as well. Sad to see small-town charm being replaced with huge projects.

Posted by Colleen Anderson
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Oct 19, 2020 at 8:32 pm

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My thoughts please if you live in Atherton or know someone that does take the time to read.
I am voting for Christine David for several reasons:

1) Christine David truly cares about people, listens, and takes into account what they have to say. If I was sick she would be the type of person to drop off the chicken soup. Old school caring.
2) Christine has spent 8 (eight) years on different boards really taking into account what the Atherton community wants. Your voices will be heard that is for sure. Your voice will matter. One of the other candidates running has never served on a single board but is backed by two candidates. That makes me wonder if it will end up being a 3 to 2 vote on most items. I am not saying she shouldn't run in the future I would just like to see her on a few boards fist serving her time in this community like Christine has. It shows years of caring not just one election.
3) A number of the current candidates when they first ran believed in term limits so we would always bring in a new perspective, and fresh ideas. Now that they are running for a number of terms term limits only applied to others. Another reason why I like Christine David. She is open to new ideas. She is endorsed by two council members but they are not going out getting her signatures. She is and does not want to put herself in a situation that she would feel owing to anyone.
4) I believe in a running river. Not sitting water. I feel she is a breath of fresh air with new ideas, and her years of service and not really being heard by the current council needs to change. Have you ever worked so hard on something and found out your voice never mattered? They were going to do what they wanted to do anyway. I myself have felt this way. That is one of many reasons I am voting for Christine. Plus she has no issues meeting with people directly. She meets things head-on. Right is right and keeps things honest and above board.
Any questions just call or email her. She is a stand-up person with what matters most INTEGRITY.
Christine E. David
Atherton Town Council 2020
Cell: (650)224-7778
E:[email protected]

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