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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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Posted on Monday, Oct. 10, 2011  
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 David Woods makes campaign announcement  David Woods and supporters  
                                                                                      Photos by Henrietta J. Burroughs
These photos show East Palo Alto City Council member David Woods
as he announces that he is a candidate to be the next San Mateo
County Supervisor and as he poses with his supporters. Click each
image to enlarge the photo.

It was a small group of people. But it seemed like a very committed group of supporters who came out to hear East Palo Alto City Council member David Woods launch his campaign to run for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Woods announced that he is running to replace Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, who represents the Fourth District in San Mateo County. Jacobs Gibson’s term ends in 2012. Gibson is the first African American to sit on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and the first county supervisor from East Palo Alto.

Woods made his announcement on the patio of the Firehouse Bar and Grill, in the Ravenswood 101 Shopping Center in East Palo Alto on Wednesday, October 5.

The weather had just begun to feel chilly and it was almost dark as Woods addressed his supporters. He told the group, “If there is no representative from East Palo Alto [serving on the county board of supervisors], then the county border will stop at Redwood City.

“There are 29 cities and 330,000 residents in San Mateo County. In East Palo Alto, there are 30,000 residents and 7,000 who vote. So, we have a daunting task before us. I’m going to need your help in all 20 cities. This is a six month process,” Woods said.

Woods acknowledged that there were people who discouraged him from running. He said they told him that he was getting into the race late and that he would not be able to raise enough money to fully finance his campaign.

But he told his supporters, “I know who I am and what I stand for….I have confidence in myself and my abilities to make this happen. We must. We must make this happen,” he said.

Thus far, three candidates have officially filed a Statement of Intent with the San Mateo County Registrar to run in the June 2012 election for the County Board of Supervisors. They are Adrienne Tissier, who is currently on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, representing the District Five; Shelly Masur, who is a board member on the  Redwood City School District and Guillermo “Memo” Morantes, who is a member of the board of trustees on the San Mateo County Board of Education.

Others potential candidates have until  the end of the year to file papers with the San Mateo Country Registrar. The two candidates who get the most votes in the primary race, which will be held in June 2012 will face each other during the general election in November 2012.

For more insight regarding the San Mateo County Supervisors, see the video excerpt from the Talking with Henrietta show called, The Power of Political Districts.



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