For several months, two East Palo Alto City Council members have been competing with six other candidates for one vacant seat on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Now, one of those council members, David Woods, has been disqualified from the race.
Woods' candidacy officially ended when he was notified on Monday, April 23, by the San Mateo County Clerk-Recorder's office that he was no longer qualified to be a candidate.
According to Meaghan Hassel Shearer, the county's candidate filing officer, Woods was disqualified because he failed, after several attempts, to submit the full mandatory filing fee of $1,171.46 within the required time.
Woods, like the other candidates was in the race to replace Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson, who is being termed out of office at the end of this year. Jacobs Gibson represents District 4, which includes about 150,000 people and encompasses East Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Redwood City.
Woods had even acquired Jacobs Gibson's endorsement shortly after he declared his candidacy in October 2011. (See EPA Today article on Woods' campaign kick-off).
Now with Woods' elimination, there is one East Palo Alto City Council member, Carlos Romero, left in the race.
Romero will now compete against: Mayor Kirsten Keith and Council member Andy Cohen, both of Menlo Park; Redwood City Planning Commissioner Ernie Schmidt; Board member on the San Mateo County School board members Memo Morantes; Redwood City School Board member Shelly Masur and Warren Slocum, former San Mateo County chief elections officer and assessor-county clerk-recorder.
The ballots for the November 2012 election are being completed and information about the race will soon be posted on the San Mateo County website: www.shapethefuture.org.
To contact the author of this article, Henrietta J. Burroughs, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional East Palo Alto Today resources:
East Palo Alto City Council member kicks off his campaign - October 10, 2011
cited in the above article
Video excerpt from the Talking with Henrietta television show:The Power of Political Districts - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taLoeb5eJDY