Monday was the first day for candidates to file paperwork to run for elective offices that are up for election later this year.
The Presidential General Election, scheduled for Nov. 6, includes races across the government spectrum. There are seats available on the Half Moon Bay City Council, the Cabrillo and La Honda-Pescadero school districts, the San Mateo County Harbor District and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
This year, the Half Moon Bay City Council has two open seats, which are currently occupied by Councilman John Muller and Councilwoman Marina Fraser. On Monday, Fraser took out papers to run again. Muller has previously stated he also intends to go for another term.
The county Board of Supervisors has one seat up for contest, that currently held by Rose Jacobs Gibson. A primary election between seven candidates last month sent the race to a runoff between former county elections officer Warren Slocum and Redwood City School District trustee Shelly Masur.
The Cabrillo Unified School District has two open board seats, those now occupied by John Moseley and Mario Vazquez. On the South Coast, the La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District has three school board positions open. Humberto Perez, Bob McCahon, and Kathy Crane will have to run again to retain their seats.
Among the other special districts on the ballot, the San Mateo County Harbor District also has three seats up for election. Those positions are currently occupied by Leo Padreddii, Pietro Parravano and William Holsinger, who was only recently appointed to fill the unexpired term of Sally Campbell.
Anyone interested in running for office must file paperwork no later than Aug. 10. If no incumbent files for election before that date, the deadline will be extended to Aug. 15. Potential candidates are urged to call Candidate Filing Officer Meaghan Hassel Shearer at the county Elections Office at (650) 312-5293 to make an appointment to review the steps necessary to run for local office.
City officials recommend anyone wishing to run for Half Moon Bay City
Council to contact city clerk Siobhan Smith at 726-8271. Anyone who wants to run for any other government position should contact the San Mateo County Elections Division at 312-5222.