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Election assured for Menlo Park council

Peter Ohtaki becomes the fourth candidate in race for three seats

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.

— Sandy Brundage

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