Longtime South San Francisco Councilwoman Karyl Matsumoto is suspending her campaign for a two-year seat she had sought as a way to help the council remain stable in the wake of one mid-term vacancy and several high-level retirements.
However, Matsumoto, 70, will still appear on the ballot and her candidate statement printed because the deadline to formally withdraw from the race was Aug. 14, the close of the filing period. Voters can still cast a ballot for her and if she wins can accept or decline the seat, according to City Clerk Krista Martinelli.
Matsumoto, the city’s second female councilmember, is currently the mayor pro tem.
She did not return a call for comment.
In her ballot statement, Matsumoto said she was running for the two-year seat to “provide greater stability” amid the retirements of the city manager, assistant to the city manager, fire chief and public works director. She also highlighted her work to double parks and open space, create the farmers’ market and sculpture garden, confounded the Community Outreach Program and promote “fiscal accountability and responsive government.”
While on the council, she also serves on regional bodies including SamTrans and the City/County Association of Governments.
Matsumoto’s decision comes just ahead of an Oct. 1 partial term candidate debate in council chambers.
Martinelli said the city is currently looking into any other implications of Matsumoto’s suspension and should have more information next week.
Carlos Martin and Collin K. Post are still running for the two-year seat currently held by Pradeep Gupta. Gupta is now seeking one of three four-year seats alongside Councilman Mark Addiego, community volunteer William (Bill) Lock, businessman Rick Ochsenhirt, businessman John Harry Prouty, Kate MacKay, Liza Normandy, a trustee with the South San Francisco Unified School District and Maurice Goodman, also a trustee with the South San Francisco Unified School District.
Gupta, a former city planning commissioner, was appointed in January after councilman Kevin Mullin was elected to the state Assembly. Mullin had nearly three years left in the term and the City Council opted to appoint a place holder only until the regular November election.
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