Brian Schmidt, a Mountain View-based environmental lawyer, joins Los Altos City Councilman Lou Becker in the race for a seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors. The former chairman of the water district’s Environmental Advisory Committee qualified Aug. 13 for the Nov. 2 ballot for District 7’s seat representing Los Altos and north Santa Clara County.
“I’m excited to enter this campaign and to lead a community effort to fix the governance of the district, get mercury out of our streams and fish, and make the district the environmental champion that it’s intended to be,” Schmidt said.
Schmidt works as the Santa Clara County advocate for Committee for Green Foothills, an organization dedicated to environmental protection in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. A New York native, Schmidt worked in Denali National Park in Alaska and graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School.
Also listed in the running for the District 7 seat is former Palo Alto Mayor Bern Beecham, although the county Registrar of Voters lists declaration of candidacy filed for Beecham.