By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal
Extended candidate filing period closes; lengthy list of candidates, measures takes shape
In addition to a gubernatorial campaign and 11 state propositions, Peninsula residents will have a lengthy list of candidates and measures to consider Nov. 6 after ballots for the fall election were finalized Wednesday.
Though the first filing deadline for local elections was Friday, an extended candidate filing period allowing candidates stepping forward for races in which an incumbent chose not to run ended Wednesday, solidifying the slate of choices San Mateo County voters will weigh this fall.
From congressional representatives and state legislators to leaders in school districts and city councils, the list of candidates throwing their hat in the ring this November is incumbent-heavy, though several challengers are vying for space at the dais in the coming years.
Among those with a handful of new faces is the Redwood City Council race, in which Stanford University community relations professional Jason Galisatus, businesswoman Giselle Hale, certified public accountant Rick Hunter, community organizer Diana Reddy, businessman Ernie Schmidt and small business owner Christina Umhofer have stepped in to fill three open seats. Councilmen Jeff Gee and John Seybert are both stepping down this year after having served two terms while incumbent Vice Mayor Diane Howard is seeking re-election this November.