Palo Alto school board President Camille Townsend announced Thursday, July 26, she will seek a third term on the board in this fall's election.
Alluding to her experience, Townsend said, "The current budget challenges, ongoing building projects and exciting education possibilities all make board experience more important than ever."
Townsend's declaration came just hours after fellow incumbent Barbara Klausner announced she will not seek a second term.
Thursday's declarations leave the race so far a non-competitive field of two incumbents and one newcomer seeking three available seats.
Melissa Baten Caswell, a one-term incumbent, qualified for the ballot July 24. Newcomer Heidi Emberling, a parent educator and active volunteer, has taken out nominating papers and is actively campaigning for a board seat.
In the event of an incumbent not filing by the nomination deadline of Aug. 10, the deadline is extended to Aug. 15. The election is Nov. 6.
Townsend, a lawyer and the parent of two Palo Alto High School graduates, was first elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2007. She was board president in 2006-07 and again in the current year.
In rare split votes on the board, both Caswell and Townsend parted with the majority on the 2009 decision to adopt the Everyday Mathematics curriculum for Palo Alto elementary schools, and on a decision this past year to shift the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic calendars to an earlier school start date in order to end the first semester before the December holidays.