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Deadline Extended for Declaration of Candidacy in Fire District Board of Directors Election

Director Peter Carpenter did not file papers to run in the election with the Elections Office, which extended the deadline.

Five people have filed papers with San Mateo County Elections Office, declaring their intent to run for a seat on the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board of Directors in the upcoming election.

The Board has two Directors who could have run as incumbents, Bart Spencer and Peter Carpenter.

However, Carpenter did not file candidacy paperwork with the San Mateo County Elections Office, which has extended the deadline for all others who would like to do so to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, according to David Tom, Elections Manager for San Mateo County.

Tom said this action means Carpenter is out of the game, so to speak.

“All incumbents who did not file by the deadline last Friday basically can’t run for this election,” Tom said. 

Carpenter was appointed to the board to fill the seat that was vacated when Board Member was elected to City Council last November. He will serve the remainder of Ohtaki's term, which ends November 2011.

As of 5:04 p.m. on Monday August 15, the following people are running for a seat on the s Board of Directors in the November 8 Consolidated Municipal, School, and Special District Election.


Bart Spencer, Incumbent

Scott Barnum
, Business Executive from Atherton

Robert Silano, National Security Analyst from Menlo Park

Virginia Chang Kiraly
, Community Volunteer

Steven P. Kennedy, Former Board Member and Low Voltage Electrician

Voters will be asked to select two of them.

Note: A previous story indicated that the district only had four candidates filing. We apologize for that. Evidently one of the candidates filed their form 700, which is their statement of economic interests, after the deadline for the story.

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