- Published on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 01:00
- Written by Town Crier Staff Report
The filing deadline for the Nov. 6 election expired last week, with a variety of incumbents and newcomers on the local ballot.
Following is a rundown of the candidates.
Six Los Altos residents have filed nomination papers to run for three open seats on the Los Altos City Council.
According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, the final list of candidates includes Jon Baer, Jeannie Bruins, Anabel Pelham, Jan Pepper, Megan Satterlee and Jerry Sorensen.
Baer and Bruins are both former Los Altos Planning Commissioners, with Baer serving as the volunteer body’s chairman until its dissolution earlier this year. Baer currently serves on the recently formed Planning and Transportation Commission.
Pelham, a university professor, is currently on the city’s Senior Commission.
Pepper was the 2011-2012 president of the League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area. She serves in a communications role for the organization.
Satterlee, the field’s lone incumbent, is seeking a second consecutive term. Prior to her election to the council in 2007, she served on the Planning Commission, the Architecture and Site Review Committee and the Board of Adjustments.
Sorensen is a downtown property owner and management consultant. Among other commitments, he served as a member of Los Altos 2025, a community group focused on the revitalization of the downtown triangle.
Los Altos Hills
As of Aug. 10, three candidates had submitted nomination papers for the Los Altos Hills City Council race, but incumbent Councilwoman Ginger Summit was not among them. Because Summit did not file papers, the filing deadline for the council race has been extended until 5 p.m. today to allow additional candidates to file.
Incumbent Mayor Rich Larsen, retired business owner Courtenay Corrigan and retired software engineer John Harpootlian filed papers to run for the three open council seats. If no additional candidates file by today, residents of Los Altos Hills can expect a quiet campaign season, with much less election activity than past contested races.
Los Altos School District
In the race for two open seats on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, four candidates have thrown their hats in the ring.
Steve Taglio, an incumbent, has served on the board for a year following his appointment to complete a former board member’s term. He has two children, former Covington School students who now attend Egan Junior High and Los Altos High schools.
Vladimir Ivanovic has served on a number of district committees and the Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance. His two daughters attend Gardner Bullis School.
Amanda Burke-Aaronson is the mother of three daughters who attend Bullis Charter School. Burke-Aaronson said she is running to help the community heal and grow, and to encourage parent input during the “good times as well as the contentious ones.”
Pablo Luther is a local financial executive who currently serves as chairman of the district’s Citizens Advisory Committee for Finance.
Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District
Two Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District incumbents, Susan Sweeley and Phil Faillace are running without opposition in the race for two open seats on the board of trustees.
Foothill-De AnzaCommunity College District
Incumbents Joan Barram, Betsy Bechtel and Laura Casas Frier are running for re-election. Small-business owner and De Anza student Geby Espinosa, a Mountain View resident, has also filed to run for one of three open seats.
El Camino Hospital District
According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, it’s a field of five candidates for three seats on the El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors.
The final field consists of Wesley Alles, Dennis Chiu, Bill James, Julia E. Miller and John Zoglin. A sixth candidate, Mountain View resident Catherine Vonnegut, did not file nomination papers by the Aug. 10 deadline.
Among the candidates are incumbents Alles and Zoglin. Alles, a Mountain View resident, was first appointed to the board in 2003 and is seeking his third full term. Zoglin, a Los Altos resident, currently serves as district board chairman and is seeking his second full term.
Chiu, a Sunnyvale resident, is an attorney at Prodigy Law. He currently serves as vice chairman of the Santa Clara County Planning Commission and was appointed to Sunnyvale’s Housing and Human Services Commission earlier this year.
James is a Los Altos resident and partner at the law firm Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP in Cupertino. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served from 1986-1991.
Miller is a Sunnyvale resident. She was a city councilwoman and mayor from 1997-2005 and currently serves as an administrator at the Chamber of Commerce Coalition of Santa Clara County.