The June primaries are just months away, and a slate of San Mateo County candidates seeking to claim a number of key local, state and federal seats is taking shape as the filing deadline closes Friday.
A packed race has formed to represent the 14th District in the United States House of Representatives, a seat vacated by incumbent U.S. Representative Jackie Speier. Among those vying for the seat are Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-South San Francisco; San Mateo County Supervisor David Canepa, a Democrat; Emily Beach, Burlingame City Council Member, Registered Democrat; small Republican businessman Gus Mattammal; registered Democrat and attorney Andrew Watters; and real estate agent Ferenc Pataki who has no party affiliation.
Democrat Anna Eshoo is seeking to reclaim her seat as Representative for the 16th District in the United States House of Representatives. She confronts Peter Ohtaki, a Republican financial emergency official from Menlo Park; Palo Alto-based attorney Ajwang Rading, a Democrat; Democratic tech executive Rishi Kumar; former educator John Karl Fredrich; Republican Richard B Fox; and Palo Alto Council Member Greg Lin Tanaka.
At the state level, Democrat Marc Berman is running for re-election in the state’s 23rd Assembly District against Republican Tim Dec.
A crowded race prepares for the 21st State Assembly District. Candidates include Redwood City Councilwoman Giselle Hale, a Democrat; South San Francisco council member James Coleman, a Democrat; Diane Papan, San Mateo council member, Democrat; Democrat Maurice Goodman, San Mateo County Community College District Administrator; Republican small business owner Mark Gilham; Tania Solé, businesswoman and member of the Green Party; and Democrat Alison Madden, a lawyer and tenant advocate.
Candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and state Assembly are deemed qualified by the California Secretary of State’s office, which has yet to send information to the county’s office of elections. . The Elections Office considers county-level candidates qualified by the filing deadline that ended Friday. There is a later deadline for applicants in writing.
For County Offices, Supervisor Carole Groom has called a halt, leaving the race to represent County District 2 open. San Mateo-Foster City school district administrator Noelia Corzo, Belmont board member Charles Stone, and Certified Investigator Cameron Rolfe are vying for the seat.
San Carlos Councilmember Laura Parmer-Lohan is running to represent County District 3 now that Supervisor Don Horsley has nominated; Menlo Park Council Member Ray Mueller; Virginia Chang Kiraly, Member of the Board of Harbor Commissioners and Member of the Menlo Park Fire District Board; and Steven Booker, political director and community affairs liaison for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union local.
Candidates for County Clerk Recorder are Mark Church, who currently holds the seat; nonprofit educator and counselor David Pollack; and rental landlord John Mooney.
Sheriff Carlos Bolanos is running for re-election against Millbrae Police Chief Christina Corpus, an employee of the sheriff’s office.
Judge Sean P. Dabel, who is unopposed for Office 1, incumbent Jeffrey R. Finigan is running for reelection unopposed for Office 2, and Superior Court Justice Rachel Holt is unopposed for Office 3.
Retired U.S. Attorney Timothy Pitsker is running against Assistant District Attorney Sharon Cho for the seat of Upper County Judge’s Office 4. Superior Court Judge Marie S. Weiner is unopposed for Office 5, while such as Superior Court Judge Michael K. Wendler for Desk 6, Superior Court Judge Chinhayi C. Cadet for Desk 7, and Superior Court Judge Kevin E. Dunleavy for Desk 8.
Current county officials are also running unopposed, including County Superintendent Nancy Magee, Comptroller Juan Raigoza, Coroner Robert Foucrault, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe and Treasurer-Collector Sandie Arnott.
Three school district measures will also be on the June ballot. The Millbrae School District is seeking 55% voter support for a $90 million bond measure that would help fund infrastructure improvements. A similar $140 million infrastructure bond measure requiring 55% support will appear on the ballot for those living in the Hillsborough City School District.
The Belmont-Redwood Shores School District will also ask its residents to support a parcel enactment that would act as a 10-year extension of two taxes on existing parcels totaling $292 per year per parcel.
Over the next 10 days, the public will have the opportunity to review the filings and submit written information about the candidates for a Superior Court judges race where only the incumbent is running. Written candidates for the other seats have until Tuesday, May 24 to submit their candidacy.
Mail-in ballots will be sent from May 9, the same day early voting begins. Voter registration for the June 7 election ends Monday, May 23.