Four peninsula politicians will face off in the June 7 primary to determine who will replace Don Horsley on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors to represent the county’s largest district, which includes mostly open space, coastal communities and affluent suburbs .
Horsley, who has represented the massive area since 2010 and is currently the board chairman, will be relieved of his post this year along with Carole Groom, who represents District 2, which includes the Bayside communities.
Her departure opens two seats on a board that has historically lacked diversity and has not changed significantly since David Canepa was elected in 2016.
The four candidates vying for Horsley’s District 3 seat are San Carlos City Councilwoman Laura Parmer-Lohan; Steven Booker, labor rights advocate and union political director; Virginia Chang Kiraly, Commissioner of the San Mateo County Harbor District Board; and Menlo Park Alderman Ray Mueller, all hoping to represent the district, which stretches from Pacifica to the Santa Cruz county line and includes cities like Atherton, Woodside, Portola Balley, San Carlos, and parts of Menlo Park and Belmont .
Parmer-Lohan, who served on the San Carlos board of directors and became Silicon Valley’s first LGBTQ mayor, is leading a campaign focused on clean air, housing for all, protecting the county’s coastlines, beaches and open spaces, and the Ensuring the safety of concentrated hillside communities threatened by wildfire.
Because over 70% of the district is mostly open space, the area is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and the effects of the massive wildfires that have ravaged California over the past decade. Under Horsley’s leadership, regulators in recent years have made mitigating the impacts of wildfires and climate change a priority by investing money in conservation techniques, from erosion control to using billy goats to reduce potential fuels.
Palmer-Lohan can boast an important endorsement from Horsley, who said in a press release that she offers “fresh ideas and a bold vision to meet the challenges … including preventing wildfires, droughts and sea level rise.”
“I can’t think of a more qualified leader,” Horsley said.
Parmer-Lohan conducted a “Listen and Lead” tour of the county last year and said she “engaged hundreds of residents to better understand their vision and priorities.”
Booker, a black business representative and policy director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 617, focuses his campaign on tackling traffic congestion, investing in affordable housing, ensuring internet access for all and improving police-community relations. He is also committed to addressing the county’s issues related to climate change.
Booker served six years in the US Air Force and has spent hundreds of volunteer hours and his career fighting for workers’ rights. He said he has always stood up “for those in need” and “given a voice to those who are not heard.”
In his campaign, Booker emphasizes the lack of diversity on the board and hopes his election to Horsley’s seat will help change that.
“For a county as diverse as ours, leadership hasn’t reflected the same diversity,” Booker said, adding that he “believes our county government needs to be more approachable and approachable, especially to underserved and underrepresented communities who could benefit the most.” by the district services.”
He is joined by former President of the Board of Supervisors Canepa and San Mateo Deputy Mayor Rick Bonilla.
Kiraly, currently a member of the San Mateo County Harbor District Board and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Board, announced her campaign will focus on addressing the “political disharmony” that has existed in the county in recent years.
“We have so much to do together,” Kiraly said, focusing on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on small businesses, housing affordability, the threat of wildfires, and drought and crime. “I am running to bring our community together.
At the Port Authority, Kiraly said she fought to protect our environment and keep the county’s coast safe. As an elected officer at her local fire department, “safety always comes first,” and as a member of the California Economic Development Commission, “has worked to help our state recover from the Great Recession.”
She is supported by former Menlo Park Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman, San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, and other politicians from the Peninsula, including elected slow-growthers like Palo Alto Councilwoman Lydia Kou and Los Altos Councilwoman , Lynette Lee Eng.
Ray Mueller, who has twice served as mayor of Menlo Park and is the in-house counsel for the Blue Water Task Force, said his key issues are economic recovery from COVID-19, affordable housing, investments in coastal infrastructure such as public schools and clean water, and environmental protection by containing wildfires and sea level rise while supporting rural workers and the district’s agribusiness.
For Mueller, “experience counts.” He was first elected to the Menlo Park council in 2012 and hopes to continue his streak of service in Horsley’s seat. He boasts the support of Congressman and former Supervisor Anna Eshoo (D-Menlo Park) and Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore).
“The impact of COVID-19 has been devastating, but I believe our brightest days are yet to come,” Mueller said. “We can rebuild, recover and get stronger. Access to quality education and childcare, support for seniors, efficient multimodal transport infrastructure, responsible and equitable affordable housing creation, an economy that supports small businesses, parks, beaches and open spaces that are invested in for the enjoyment and quality of life of our people, families and the following generations. These are issues I will fight for.”
https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/04/10/four-candidates-vie-for-san-mateo-county-supervisor-seat/ Four candidates are vying for the San Mateo County Supervisor seat