With the filing period over, the candidate lineups are set for local races in the Nov. 3 election. We’ve counted no less than 50 candidates vying for five school district boards, three city councils, one healthcare district and one water district in our local sphere of influence.

Beginning Aug. 26, the Town Crier will be highlighting a race in each issue, with profiles of each candidate. We also plan to offer candidate endorsements in most of the races. Our projected schedule, subject to changes and additions:

• Aug. 26 issue: Cupertino Union School District (four candidates, two seats)

• Sept. 2: Foothill-De Anza Community College District (four candidates, three seats)

• Sept. 9: Mountain View City Council (nine candidates, four seats)

• Sept. 16: Los Altos Hills City Council (five candidates, three seats)

• Sept. 23: Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District (three candidates, two seats)

• Sept. 30: El Camino Healthcare District (six candidates, three seats)

• Oct. 7: Los Altos City Council (seven candidates, three seats)

This does not preclude additional coverage in these or other races. For example, we plan to report on regional races such as the 24th State Assembly District and the 13th State Senate District.

You’ll notice two glaring omissions among our local school districts. Both the Los Altos School District and the Fremont Union High School District (two incumbents running for two seats in each district) are not having races due to a lack of challengers. We find that baffling, particularly given the interest and scrutiny paid to our local schools.

But just based on the schedule listed above, there are 39 candidates for our editorial board to consider endorsing. We’re committed to interviewing each of them, via Zoom, in the weeks ahead.

If you’re a candidate, expect to hear from us soon. If you’re a supporter and want to voice that support, the Town Crier offers advertising space and the option of purchasing a short endorsement letter. We do this primarily to eliminate a perception of bias that comes if we were to freely publish candidate endorsement letters at varying lengths. Letters must support candidates – no submissions containing exclusively negative content will be printed.

Authors’ names are required for publication. Letters will be published in the order they are received, and we will accept only one letter per author per campaign. Please limit letters to no more than 200 words.

The cost is $150 per endorsement letter for either print or online, $200 for both. The deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesdays for inclusion in the following week’s Town Crier. To submit endorsement letters and for more information, email Howard Bischoff at howardb@latc.com.