With a filing deadline of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 14 candidates have surfaced for the Palo Alto City Council. The latest is Stella Marinos, an apparent newcomer to city politics, who picked up filing papers today for the Nov. 6 election.
The deadline to file for the race is 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Prior to Marinos, five new contenders in the field are Timothy Gray, Laura Compian, William Ross, Donald "Smokey" Wallace and Gregory Kerber -- Kerber ran in the early 1970s.
Two of the race's youngest candidates, Sid Espinosa and Yiaway Yeh, were the first to become officially registered candidates, City Clerk Donna Rogers said.
Espinosa, 35, of Hewlett-Packard, and Yeh, 29, formerly in public finance, are official candidates.
Planning Commissioner Pat Burt, community volunteer and realtor Dan Dykwel, former school board member Greg Schmid, foothills resident Mark Nadim and Wallace have turned in their paperwork, but it has not been processed by Santa Clara County yet, Rogers said.
Other candidates include panhandler Victor Frost and Debbie Mytels, associate director of the Acterra conservation organization.
Three seats are being vacated by term-limited council members Bern Beecham, Judy Kleinberg and Dena Mossar.
Councilwoman LaDoris Cordell has chosen not to run again, vacating another seat.
Because no incumbents are running, the normal filing deadline of last Friday was automatically extended by five calendar days to Wednesday, Aug. 15, under the state election code.
Key issues so far in the council race include a proposed bond measure to construct a new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center and a new police headquarters, the expansion of Stanford Hospital and shopping center, accommodation of hundreds of additional residents and the fate of the city's airport and waste treatment operations.