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By Madeline Drace                    
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Posted on Friday, August 19, 2011  
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Updated on Monday, August 22, 2011


One hundred forty four people met the August 12 filing deadline by submitting the necessary documents, which enabled them to have their names listed on this year’s November ballot.

The 144 candidates will now be running against each other in 66 contests which will be held in San Mateo County’s Consolidated Municipal, School, and Special District Election which will be held on November 8.

Six candidates filed for three open seats to be on the East Palo Alto Sanitary District Board of Directors. Three of the six are incumbents: Glenda R. Savage, Bethzabe “Betsy” Yanez and Goro Orlando Mitchell. The other three candidates are Edrick L. Haggans, who has served previously on the board, Matias R. Varela and Sani Wadunia. All six candidates are qualified to be on the board of directors.

Larry James Moody, a former board member on the Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees, is one of five candidates running to be on the governing board of the Sequoia Union High School District. The other candidates are Carrie B. Du Bois from San Carlos; Allen Weiner from Menlo Park; Lorraine Rumley from Redwood City and Olivia G. Martinez from Menlo Park. Three candidates can be elected.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors has five candidates running for  two open seats. The candidates are Bart Spencer, who is already on the board, Scott Barnum, Robert Silano, Virginia Chang Kiraly and Steven P. Kennedy, who has previously served on the district board.

The November 8 ballot will also include a measure to continue the Menlo Park Fire Protection District appropriations limit. In November 2007, voters approved Measure G, in which the Fire Protection District would be able to use approved revenues up to $40 million, an increase from the previous $25 million, over the course of the following four years in order to “provide high quality fire protection, fire suppression, and emergency services.”

Since Measure G will expire at the end of this year, the Board of Directors for the Fire Protection District is requesting that voters approve another similar $40 million four-year “appropriations limit.” The supporter of Measure G say that voter approval of the measure will not result in a tax increase, but will simply “allow full use of those revenues which have already been approved [by San Mateo County].”

The last day to register to vote in the November 8 election is October 24. Mailed registration forms postmarked up until this date are accepted. San Mateo County will publish a list of polling places by November 1. The full list can be viewed at https://www.shapethefuture.org/documents/dynamic/candidaterosterweb.pdf

To contact the author of this article, Madeline Drace, send an email to epatoday@epatoday.org.


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