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Los Gatos Patch's Guide to Nov. 6 General Election

Four council seats are up for grabs in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, and five educational institutions that serve local students have races on their school boards.

 

The Nov. 6 general election is less than four months away. Municipal, county and state candidates are already working hard on their campaigns to reach voters, and explain their political agendas. Los Gatos Patch will follow all the important races right up to election day, and after. The candidate filing period opened July 16 and runs through Aug. 10. Nomination forms can be picked up at Los Gatos and Monte Sereno town halls, at school district offices and at the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters Office.

In Los Gatos and Monte Sereno, voters will be electing representatives for the following groups:

  • Los Gatos Town Council:
  • Monte Sereno City Council:
  • Trustees Doug Halbert and Chris Miller's four-year terms are ending. They were voted into office in 2008. Halbert and Miller said they haven't decided whether they'll seek another term.
  • Trustees Rosemary Rossi and Lorrie Wernick's terms expire in  2012. They were elected in November 2008, and it's not known at this time whether they'll seek re-election.
  • Trustees Paula Lacey and Rachelle Lopp are up for re-election. Lacey serves as president of the district's school board.
  • The seats of trustees Steve Cox and Theresa Bond's are up for re-election this fall.
  • West Valley/Mission Community College District: Trustees up for election this fall are Chris StampolisBoard President Robert Owens and Trustee Adrienne Grey and Nick Heimlich. Heimlich was appointed to fill a vacant seat so he had to run for the second half of that term, which expires this year. He is up for his first four-year term. Trustees have also remapped their areas, and Owens and Stampolis are in the same area. The entire board, however, has endorsed Owens.

Editor's Note: We'll continue to revise this story as we learn of more local races of interest this fall, and as more candidates file to run for election on Nov. 6, 2012.

Larry Arzie July 30, 2012 at 04:50 PM
It takes a lot of courage to run for council and even even more to withstand the flak if you win. The work load is a full time job and without pay. The current state of finances for cites is overwhelmingly bad and the behind the scene tactics of our paid government employees is unconscionable and near impossible to control as they have the upper hand. (power) T thank Jensen and Spector for all their good work and plan on voting for them even if they win by default. The more votes they get the more responsible our staff will be forced to follow our regulations.
lg.concerned.parents July 30, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Times have changed and our public servants need to change with the times. I will be voting for Marcia Jensen and am also hoping for some sorely new faces on the LGUSD school board.
Larry Arzie July 30, 2012 at 08:59 PM
School boards are the most contentious and political entities in the Country, not just locally. It goes with the territory and we just have to be vigilant about the decision they make. New blood is often the solution to getting the will of the community listened to. Let us know who to vote for.
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz July 31, 2012 at 05:37 AM
I agree with Larry here. Need the "KNOW" on who to vote for.
Sharpie November 05, 2012 at 08:39 AM
Make a special note to remember to watch the Free and Equal Election Debate between third party candidates for the Presidency, Gov. Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Dr. Jill Stein (Green) to be aired tonight on Monday evening, Nov. 5th from 9:00 - 10:30 pm Eastern Time. Perform a worthwhile civic duty, and be certain to listen in on this historic debate so that you can make an informed decision on voting day. Third party candidates who will be on the ballot in most states deserve to be heard. http://freeandequal.org/?v=1

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