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Tankha, Tyson to join Los Altos Hills council


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Kavita Tankha, seated, in black, and Joan Sherlock watch election results on the television beside George Tyson, standing, and Los Altos Hills City Councilwoman Michelle Wu Tuesday night at Wu’s Los Altos Hills home. Tankha's husband, Raj Bahri, is pictured at far left. Tankha and Tyson ultimately won the two open seats on the council.

While campaign sign vandalism and theft and accusations of misleading advertising characterized other Silicon Valley election contests, the race for Los Altos Hills City Council remained a staid affair – two of the three candidates declined to erect campaign signage.

Voters ultimately selected Kavita Tankha, a former Hills Planning Commission member and attorney, and George Tyson, a pharmaceutical manufacturing consultant and the Los Altos Hills County Fire District president, to replace termed-out councilmen Gary Waldeck and John Radford.

Tankha came in first with 1,810 votes (45.57 percent), followed by Tyson with 1,228 (30.92 percent) and Neil Ferrari, a project manager in the demolition industry, with 934 (23.51 percent).

Tankha and Tyson each thanked their supporters the day after the Nov. 6 election.

“I couldn’t have done this on my own,” Tankha said. “I was just lucky to find a really good group of people who coalesced and came together for me. People walked with me, people phoned for me, people emailed for me, people had events for me. You know, you can’t do these things on your own.”

“I appreciate all the wonderful people I’ve met during this campaign and the chance to listen to their issues and incorporate them into my thinking,” Tyson said. “And something I’m very pleased with, this whole campaign, unlike so many others, we avoided negativity. We kept civility. And I thought that was great that we focused on the issues rather than any negative things, and I think that will make us a better town.”

Tankha and Tyson are slated to take the oath of office at the December Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

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