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Race called off for two local elections

EPA Sanitary District and Foothill-DeAnza incumbents faced no challengers, officials say

Two local elections will not appear on the November ballot because no one challenged the incumbents, San Mateo and Santa Clara county election officials said Tuesday.

Three members on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees will automatically renew their three-year terms in November. The district includes Palo Alto.

Incumbent Laura Casa Frier was appointed to the board in November 2005. She is an attorney who has worked with domestic violence victims and advocated for higher education opportunities for disadvantaged high school girls.

Incumbent Betsy Bechtel, elected in 2003, is an educator, community volunteer and business executive.

The third incumbent, Hal Plotkin, is a freelance journalist and Foothill College graduate who was elected to the board in 2003.

Three seats were available in the East Palo Alto Sanitary District, but they will also be filled by unchallenged incumbents, according to a San Mateo County elections spokeswoman.

Incumbents include Goro Orlando Mitchell, Bethzabe "Betsy" Yanez and Glenda Savage-Johnson.

There is no election for the Ravenswood City School District in November, according to a district spokeswoman.

The current dispute over voting machines will not affect the November 2007 election, according to Santa Clara County Elections spokeswoman Alma Rosas.

But beginning in 2008, voters will use optical-scan paper ballots, with one electronic machine available in each precinct for disabled voters, Rosas said.

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