After four years on the Palo Alto City Council, Sid Espinosa is preparing for the next chapter in his life. Espinosa, who in 2011 became the fourth youngest mayor in the city's history, announced Thursday that he will not be seeking a second term.
"Serving on the Palo Alto City Council has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life," Espinosa stated in an email announcing his decision. "I strongly encourage others to run for this important and rewarding job."
Espinosa, a Microsoft executive who directs the company's philanthropic efforts in Silicon Valley, said he is weighing various opportunities in the private and public sectors and plans to spend some time between now and the end of the year figuring out which of these to pursue.
"I definitely intend to remain actively engaged in Palo Alto and in the Palo Alto community," Espinosa told the Weekly.
Espinosa's departure further opens up what promises to be a busy race for the four council seats that will be up for grabs in November. Current Mayor Yiaway Yeh, and Councilmen Pat Burt and Greg Schmid, were all elected in 2007 and are up for reelection this year. Schmid and Burt both said they plan to seek another term, while Yeh has yet to announce his decision.
Former mayor and current Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss and attorney Marc Berman are also seeking seats on the nine-member council.