Candidates finalized for schools, councils

Election season is officially in full swing, as eligible candidates for various city council and school district seats met Friday’s filing deadline set by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.

Following is a summary of candidates who will be listed on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Los Altos City Council

Five candidates – including one incumbent – will vie for two seats on the Los Altos City Council, according to City Clerk Jon Maginot.

Former Los Altos Hills Councilman Jean Mordo – who moved to Los Altos last year – qualified for the ballot, as did incumbent Jarrett Fishpaw, who seeks a second four-year term. In addition, longtime Los Altos realtor Mary Prochnow, Alexander Glew and Karen Berner submitted qualifying paperwork.

Glew is founder, president and CEO of Glew Engineering Consulting. He earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Stanford University.

Berner, according to her Linked- In profile, is a community activist who serves as co-chairwoman of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program at Los Altos High School.

One potential candidate – downtown property owner Ted Sorensen – did not file final paperwork by the deadline, Maginot confirmed. Sorensen’s brother and business partner, Jerry Sorensen, lost his bid for a seat in the 2012 Los Altos City Council election.

Los Altos Hills Council

For the second consecutive election, the race to fill seats on the Los Altos Hills City Council will be uncontested.

As of Friday’s deadline, only the incumbent candidates – Mayor John Radford and Councilman Gary Waldeck – filed papers for the two open seats.

That means it’s likely that there will be no election. According to rules set by the Santa Clara Registrar of Voters, if the number of candidates in any district does not exceed that of the number of seats being filled, an election is not mandatory. The council is scheduled to meet 9 a.m. Aug. 20 to determine whether to appoint the two nominees to the seats or hold an election. If appointed to the council, Radford and Waldeck would serve four-year terms.

Los Altos School District

One incumbent – Tammy Logan – filed to run again for the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, which has three open seats.

Neither Doug Smith nor Mark Goines, the two other incumbents, decided to join the race.

Vladimir Ivanovic added his name to the ballot again. He campaigned for a seat on the board in the 2012 election.

Newcomers Sangeeth Peruri, Martha McClatchie and John Swan have joined the race as well.

MVLA District

A flush of new candidates filed to run for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees, which has three open seats.

Incumbents Joe Mitchner and Debbie Torok seek a return to the board. They’re joined by newcomers Fiona Walter, Dana Bunnett, Doug Moore and Kevin T. Kramer.

Incumbent Judy Hannemann, who has served on local school boards for nearly four decades, declined to run this time around.

“It’s been 37 years, and I think I’ve done a lot during that time,” Hannemann said. “It’s a good time (to retire), while everything’s in great shape. I won’t be distant from the whole situation and from the people who are on the board. It’s a good board, who all care.”

For more information on the candidates, see page 19.

El Camino Healthcare District

Three candidates qualified to run for two available seats on the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors.

According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, incumbent David Reeder, Margaret Abe-Koga and Peter C. Fung make up the field of candidates for the healthcare district, which encompasses Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, as well as portions of Sunnyvale, Cupertino and Palo Alto.

Reeder is a Los Altos resident who was initially appointed to the board in 1999. He seeks his fourth full term on the board.

Abe-Koga serves as a Mountain View City Councilwoman. She was first elected to the council in 2006 and served as mayor in 2009.

Fung is a vascular neurologist and medical director for El Camino Hospital’s Certified Primary Stroke Center.

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