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Excited about the local election season: Editorial

We’re encouraged to see the level of participation in this year’s general election. Only one race is uncontested.

One only need look at what’s going on to understand why the candidates have chosen to run. For instance, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees is still embroiled in a fight over Bullis Charter School facilities, and the Los Altos City Council faces the high-profile impacts of building and renovating downtown.

Here’s our tentative election-coverage schedule:

Santa Clara County Board of Education, Area 1: See this week’s election preview on page 6 on the race between incumbent Grace Mah and challenger David Cortright, a Los Altos resident.

Los Altos Hills City Council: Three candidates announced their intention to run for three seats, so no election is necessary. Read the first in a series of profiles of the candidates this week on page 6.

Mountain View City Council: Six candidates are vying for four seats. Look for coverage in the Sept. 19 issue.

Los Altos School District Board of Trustees: Four candidates are competing for two seats. Expect coverage and candidate endorsements in the Sept. 19 issue.

Foothill-De Anza Board of Directors: Four candidates are battling for three seats. Coverage will appear Sept. 26.

County ballot measures A (one-eighth-of-a-cent sales tax) and B (Santa Clara Valley Water District funding): You’ll find a rundown and endorsements in the Sept. 26 issue.

El Camino Hospital District Board of Directors: Five candidates are running for three seats. Coverage and candidate endorsements are scheduled for the Oct. 3 issue.

Measure M (proposing a cap on top-tier executives at El Camino): Read the story and editorial Oct. 3.

Purissima Hills Water District Board of Directors: Four candidates are contending for three seats. Look for coverage Oct. 3.

Los Altos City Council: Six candidates are facing off for three seats. Coverage and candidate endorsements are slated for Oct. 10.

State propositions: Endorsements set for the Oct. 17 issue.

Congressional, state senate, assembly: Coverage scheduled in the Oct. 24 issue.

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 22. If you are not registered, we encourage you to make it a priority. See you at the polls.

You can read a full listing of Town Crier election coverage here.


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