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Election Roundup: Incumbents, challengers declare their intent

It’s still early, but challengers and incumbents are quietly positioning themselves for local races in the Nov. 8 general election.

Three of five seats are open on both the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils. Four of seven seats are open on the Mountain View council.

Local choices reflect regional, national ones in primary election

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Precinct inspector Nadja Jackson hands voting materials to Los Altos voter David Sawatzke on Election Day June 7.

More than 51 percent of Santa Clara County’s 788,000 registered voters cast their ballots in the June 7 California Primary Election. As of the Town Crier’s press deadline, 94 percent of the county’s ballots had been counted, according to the Registrar of Voters.

Countywide, Hillary Clinton commanded 58.8 percent of the Democratic vote, followed by Bernie Sanders at 40.5 percent. The Los Altos area gave Clinton an even stronger lead, with some local precincts reporting up to 75 percent support for the presumptive Democratic Party nominee.

Deadlines and ballot choices due this week

The party preference you state in your voter registration determines which presidential candidates you’ll see on your ballot next month. California runs semi-closed presidential primaries, meaning that both voters registered as Democrats and those who state “No Party Preference” have an option to pick between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but only registered Republicans can vote their support for Donald Trump.

If a voter has registered as “No Party Preference,” he or she automatically receives a ballot with no presidential primary race unless he or she specifically requests to receive one for the Democratic, American Independent or Libertarian party races. Vote-by-mail residents with no party preference received a postcard in the mail offering a choice among ballots. If you lost the postcard or forget to mail it in, you can request a provisional ballot for a presidential primary at the county election office or polling places on Election Day June 7.

Candidates off to an early start in race for Mountain View City Council

The ongoing controversy over rising housing costs in Mountain View has spurred at least one resident to declare his intent to run for city council.

Lucas Ramirez, a native of Mountain View and chairman of the city’s Human Relations Commission, formally announced his candidacy March 29 for one of four open seats on the seven-seat council in the Nov. 8 General Election.

Former LAH resident enters presidential race

CarlyFiorina 0080Former Los Altos Hills resident and former Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Carly Fiorina officially entered the U.S. presidential race Monday. So far, she is the only female Republican candidate.

A video on Fiorina's website, carlyforpresident.com, shows her watching – and shutting off – a video in which Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton announces her own bid for president.

"Our founders never intended us to have a professional political class," Fiorina says in her video. "They believed that citizens and leaders needed to step forward. We know the only way to reimagine our government is to reimagine who is leading it. I'm Carly Fiorina, and I'm running for president."

Political experts consider Fiorina, a Washington outsider, a long shot for the presidency. She has never held elective office, and she lost her 2010 bid for Democrat Barbara Boxer's U.S. Senate seat – Boxer won with 52 percent of the vote to Fiorina's 42 percent.

Thus far, however, Fiorina's campaign seems poised to promote her as a foil to career politicians by emphasizing a self-made career of leadership roles within the private sector. Fiorina worked as a secretary at HP before advancing to top positions at AT&T Inc. and Lucent Technologies Inc. She became HP's chief executive in 1999, making her the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. HP's revenue doubled under Fiorina's leadership, but her tenure was marred by mass company layoffs and her forced resignation in 2005 after she engineered an unpopular merger with competitor Compaq.

Fiorina earned an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Science in Business from MIT. She lived in Los Altos Hills until 2011, when she moved to the east coast. Fiorina has two daughters and two granddaughters. She is a breast cancer survivor.

County Board of Supervisors reviews election process

The Nov. 4 election tested the patience of many local voters and candidates, who watched as results trickled in daily after Election Day and changed the outcomes in some tight races.

Now that the dust has settled, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, chairman of the Finance and Government Operations Committee, held a special hearing Jan. 28 to discuss election matters involving the county’s Registrar of Voters.

El Camino Healthcare District board swears in directors Reeder and Fung

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David Reeder, left, and Dr. Peter C. Fung are sworn in as members of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors Dec. 9. This is Reeder’s fourth term and Fung’s first.

Incumbent David Reeder and physician Peter C. Fung were sworn in Dec. 9 as members of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors. In addition, the district board elected both to the hospital’s board.

The district was established by voter approval in 1956 and encompasses most of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View; a large portion of Sunnyvale; and small sections of Cupertino, Santa Clara and Palo Alto.

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