The four contenders for three seats on the East Palo Alto City Council all come with a long history of either public service or civil-rights experience.
Duane Goff, now retired, has been a longtime activist. He was heavily involved in the United Farm Workers in the 1970s and was a member of the board of directors for the Northern California Legal Aid Society for 20 years. He is the current chair of the Committee on Social Justice for the League of United Latin American Citizens of California, serves on the board of directors for the East Palo Alto Senior Center and East Palo Alto Today and leads a food-distribution program.
Larry Moody, elected to the council in 2012, currently serves as vice mayor. He is works at the nonprofit Veterans Resource Center of America and is executive director of the Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ, executive director of the Community Development Corporation, a board member of Making it Happen for Our Children EPA and a veteran. He is a former member of the Ravenswood City School District Board of Education, the East Palo Alto Sanitary District and numerous other boards for the past 16 years.
Carlos Romero was first elected to the council in 2008 and served as mayor in 2011. In 2012, he ran for San Mateo County Supervisor, unsuccessfully. He was appointed to the council in May 2015 to fill the seat vacated by Laura Martinez. He is an affordable-housing and land-use consultant who formerly served on the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Regional Planning Committee. He is the former chairman of the East Palo Alto Community Law Project and a co-founder of EPA CAN DO and has 34 years in public and community service.
Lisa Yarbrough-Gauthier, elected in 2012, served as mayor in 2015. She is an executive assistant with a background in the venture-capital industry. An East Palo Alto native, she attended the city's schools and raised her family there. She has served as an adviser to College Track's Kiwanis Key Club and as a volunteer for Ecumenical Hunger Program and Kiwanis, among other community-service roles.