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Candidate roster set for November election
August 09, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

The roster for November’s general election is set, leaving San Mateo County voters with a handful of local races to consider along with those on the state and federal level.

The filing date closed 5 p.m. Friday for the Nov. 4 ballot. On the county level, all the races are fresh as none of the June primary elections required a fall runoff.

For the San Mateo County Board of Education, incumbents Susan Alvaro, Beverly Gerard and Hector Camacho Jr. are each running unopposed for their respective trustee areas.

In the South San Francisco Unified School District election, eight candidates are vying for three spots. Incumbent Philip Weise is seeking re-election as is appointed incumbent Patrick Lucy. The other six hopefuls qualified are South San Francisco Planning Commissioner Rick Ochsenhirt, management analyst Rosa Acosta, financial consultant Monica Peregrina Boyd, state grant analyst John Baker, community volunteer Patricia “Pat” Murray and educator Sue Olinger.

In Half Moon Bay, three are qualified to run for three spots on the City Council — incumbents Rick Kowalcyzk and Allan Alifano and retired teacher Don Prestosz. Incumbent Naomi Patridge is not running for re-election.

Four will compete for three spots on the Peninsula Health Care Board of Directors. Incumbents Helen Galligan, Lawrence Cappel and appointed incumbent Dennis Zell are running along with accountant/auditor Douglas Radtke.

The Sequoia Healthcare District board also has three seats up for grabs. Current board President Jerry Shefren and incumbents Art Faro and Jack Hickey will be on the ballot alongside small business owner John McDowell and retired businessman Mark De Paula.

The San Mateo County Harbor District Board of Commissioners has two separate elections, one for a two-year seat and another for two four-year spots. Newcomers Robert Grant, a service manager, Tomas Mattusch, a charter boat captain and owner, square off with appointed incumbent Will Holsinger for the two-year spot.

For the two four-year positions, incumbents Robert Bernardo and James Tucker are opposed by marine biologist Nicole David, property tax auditor Shawn Mooney, business owner Brian Rogers and business owner Kimberley Collins.

The town of Hillsborough has incumbents Laurence May and Marie Chuang running against Christy Lim for two open seats. The Coastside Fire Protection District has retired systems analyst Bill Kehoe, small business owner Bruce Mackimmie and teacher Michael Clardy running for one open seat.

Along with elected officials, voters will also be asked to weigh in on several school measures.

The San Mateo County Community College District is looking at a $388 million bond to modernize buildings and update its labs and computer equipment. The measure pencils out to $8.22 per $100,000 of assessed value.

The Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District hopes voters approve a $48 million facilities expansion bond. If passed, property owners would pay $19.98 per $100,000 in assessed value to add classrooms.

The Burlingame Elementary School District measure on the November ballot would consolidate and extend existing academic achievement parcel taxes. One tax approved in 2010 levies $180 and expires June 30, 2021. The other $76 tax expires June 30, 2016. Together, they would be renewed for 14 years from July 1, 2016, for the combined rate of $256 per parcel annually.

Half Moon Bay voters will consider extending the city’s half-cent sales tax measure to fund city services for three more years. The proposal states that the city is recovering but continue to suffer from $3.5 million in budget cuts since 2008.

In San Bruno, the hot-ticket item on the ballot is a measure asking to modify existing city height limits to allow buildings up to 90 feet near the Caltrain station. Currently, the limit is 50 feet. Proponents say doing so will allow growth and development which has been hampered by an ordinance that is more than 30 years old.

For federal offices, Robin Chew is taking on incumbent Jackie Speier for the 14th District seat in the House of Representatives and Richard B. Fox is taking on incumbent Anna Eshoo for the 18th District seat in the House of Representatives. For state offices, Mark Gilham is taking on incumbent Kevin Mullin for the 19th District seat in the Assembly and Diane Gabl is taking on incumbent Rich Gordon for the 24th District seat in the Assembly.

The filing deadline now begins the 10-day public review period.

Voter registration ends Oct. 20 and Oct. 28 is the final date to request an absentee ballot.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 102



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