Voters overwhelmingly demonstrated their tremendous support for the direction of the San Carlos School District with the election of incumbents Carol Elliott and Kathleen Farley by a significant margin. Nicole Bergeron will join the board in the third open seat, and Nicole has also been a tremendous supporter of the district and its direction. I wrote earlier why this was the right combination of candidates to move the district forward and to elevate the board itself. It’s clear that our community is as excited as we are about our strategy and the leadership of Dr. Baker and his team. We will continue to do the hard work of implementing our Strategic Plan and Facilities Master Plan as well as face the myriad of issues we will encounter, including the perennial shortage of resources. This community has proven that recent distractions only should be treated as such. I congratulate Carol, Kathleen, and Nicole on their decisive win, and I look forward to working with them all over the coming years.
In the race for San Carlos City Council, Bob Grassilli and Matt Grocott were re-elected and joined by Cameron Johnson. Congrats to Bob, Matt and Cameron. Cameron will be an exciting addition to the council as it embarks on some very exciting projects and faces numerous challenges and opportunities. I predict that we’ll continue to have a very strong partnership between the city and school district, and I look forward to working on more projects and programs on which we can collaborate. I was disappointed that Karen Clapper was not elected given the tremendous job she’s done since being appointed, but I hope that she stays involved in public service.
The race for the Sequoia Union High School District was probably one of the more contentious of local races. In this race, incumbents Alan Sarver and Chris Thomsen won re-election, with challenger Georgia Jack just a few percentage points behind. I know and respect all three of these folks — I congratulate Alan and Chris and hope Georgia stays involved. Although I recognize that there are serious differences among SUHSD board members, I urge them all to come together as a unit to find common ground on the the myriad of issues they face.
The San Mateo County Community College District race was the least dramatic of the night, with incumbent Richard Holober and former Cañada College President Tom Mohr winning by an incredibly wide margin. Congratulations to Richard and Tom, and I look forward to seeing all of the exciting happenings at the community college district.
Note that the election is not official until certified by the county elections office sometime in the next four weeks, however with all precincts reporting results and the only ones left to count being provisional and related ballots, one can be confident in the above results (interestingly, the one race which has the possibility to change is the one for the Belmont-Redwood Shores School district, the preliminary results of which separate the 3rd and 4th place finisher by only 21 votes!).
Congratulations once again to all of the winners (including all new school board members in the county), and I’m especially excited that we can now focus on the real work to get done in our school district!