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Election canceled in Los Altos Hills

The November ballot will be as empty as the Los Altos Hills Council Chambers last week, when the city council voted unanimously to cancel the Nov. 4 election.

Not a single resident showed up at the Aug. 20 special meeting to weigh in on the decision to cancel the town’s second consecutive uncontested election.

“I myself have tried to get people to run,” said Councilman John Harpootlian at the meeting, implying that the lack of candidates may not correlate with a shortage of potential leaders. “It speaks to the strength of the candidates that no one stepped forward to run.”

With two of council’s five seats open, only the two incumbent members – Mayor John Radford and Councilman Gary Waldeck – submitted paperwork to run to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters by the Aug. 8 filing deadline. City Clerk Deborah Padovan said she received no phone calls or inquiries from other possible candidates.

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