Peter Ohtaki, board president of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, filed his papers Tuesday (Aug. 10) as a candidate for the Menlo Park City Council. He is the fourth candidate, thus assuring an election in November for the three open seats on the five-member council.
Menlo Park Planning Commissioner Kirsten Keith may become a fifth. She pulled papers Monday (Aug. 9). To become a candidate, she must file them with the city clerk by the deadline: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11.
Keith was appointed to the commission in 2004.
The other three candidates are Mayor Rich Cline, Councilman Heyward Robinson and community activist Chuck Bernstein.
Ohtaki filed his papers after fine-tuning his candidate statement over the weekend.
Local businessman Russell Peterson was still weighing his interest in running for office against his opposition to high-speed rail, as he would likely be unable to vote on the project as a council member due to a conflict of interest.