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Election 2018: Complete coverage of Palo Alto races, measures

A guide to the November ballot for local voters

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On Nov. 6, Palo Alto voters will decide on new members of the City Council and Board of Education in addition to four local measures that seek to raise the hotel tax, cap health care costs, limit the terms of school board members and fund school district construction projects.

Over the past six months, the Palo Alto Weekly has been reporting on each candidate, hosted a debate and weighed the pros and cons of each local issue on the ballot. In the links below, we've compiled a list of our stories to serve as a guide for voters with Election Day fast approaching. This article will be updated as more stories are posted in the coming weeks.


City of Palo Alto

Editorial: Filseth, DuBois and Cormack for City Council

Editorial: Yes on Measure E hotel-tax increase

Editorial: No, no, no on Measure F

Palo Alto Unified School District

Editorial: Ken Dauber, Shounak Dharap for Palo Alto school board

Editorial: Yes on school term limit Measure Y

Editorial: Yes on school bond Measure Z

Beyond Palo Alto

Our editorial recommendations (Positions on candidates, ballot measures and state propositions)

Editorial: Karen Holman for Midpeninsula Open Space District Board

Editorial: Re-elect Sheriff Laurie Smith


Election 2018: Council contenders (Candidate profiles)

Video: Palo Alto City Council candidates debate on Oct. 3

Webcast: Palo Alto City Council race

Webcast: Meet the Palo Alto City Council candidates

Video: City Council candidates weigh in on housing

Pat Boone:

Pat Boone (profile)

Behind the Headlines - Meet Pat Boone (biographical interview)

Behind the Headlines - An interview with Pat Boone, City Council candidate (endorsement video)

Article: Former TV reporter Pat Boone enters Palo Alto's council race

Alison Cormack:

Alison Cormack (profile)

Behind the Headlines - An interview with Alison Cormack, City Council candidate (endorsement video)

Behind the Headlines - Meet Alison Cormack (biographical interview)

Article: Alison Cormack joins City Council race

Tom DuBois:

Tom DuBois (profile)

Behind the Headlines - An interview with Tom DuBois, City Council candidate (endorsement video)

Behind the Headlines - Meet Tom DuBois (biographical interview)

Article: Tom DuBois seeks second term

Eric Filseth:

Eric Filseth (profile)

Behind the Headlines - An interview with Eric Filseth, City Council candidate (endorsement video)

Behind the Headlines - Meet Eric Filseth (biographical interview)

Article: Eric Filseth to seek second council term

Cory Wolbach:

Cory Wolbach (profile)

Behind the Headlines - An interview with Cory Wolbach (endorsement video)

Behind the Headlines - Meet Cory Wolbach (biographical interview)

Article: Councilman Cory Wolbach to run for re-election

Campaign financing

Article: Sizable independent expenditures factor into Palo Alto election - Nov. 5, 2018

Article: Four council candidates raise more than $50,000 each - Oct. 26, 2018

Article: While raising large sums, council candidates talk of spending limits

Article: Wolbach, Cormack lead council race for campaign cash - Sept. 28, 2018

Article: Wolbach, Cormack take fundraising lead - July 31, 2018

Palo Alto school board

Video: Palo Alto school board candidates debate

Article: Election 2018: Shaping students' futures (Candidate profiles)

Webcast: Palo Alto school board race

Stacey Ashlund:

Article: Stacey Ashlund (profile)

Video: Endorsement interview with Stacey Ashlund

Article: Special-ed advocate to run for school board

Christopher Boyd:

Article: Christopher Boyd (profile)

Article: School board candidate misrepresents his STEM program

Article: Newcomer joins Palo Alto school board race

Video: Endorsement interview with Christopher Boyd

Ken Dauber:

Article: Ken Dauber (profile)

Video: Endorsement interview with Ken Dauber

Article: Two declare candidacies for Palo Alto school board

Shounak Dharap:

Article: Shounak Dharap (profile)

Video: Endorsement interview with Shounak Dharap

Article: Two declare candidacies for Palo Alto school board

Kathy Jordan:

Article: Kathy Jordan (profile)

Video: Endorsement interview with Kathy Jordan

Article: Parent announces school board candidacy

Article: Committee forms against school board candidate - Nov. 2, 2018

Alex Scharf:

Article: Alex Scharf (profile)

Video: Endorsement interview with Alex Scharf

Article: Recent Paly graduate to run for school board

Campaign financing:

Article: School bond measure raises $130K - Oct. 29, 2018

Article: Jordan, Dauber maintain campaign fundraising leads in school board race - Oct. 26, 2018

Article: Jordan ahead in school-board campaign fundraising - Sept. 28, 2018

Article: Fundraising has yet to start in earnest for school board race - July 31, 2018


Article: Spending soars on Palo Alto's health care ballot measure - Oct. 31, 2018

Webcast: Behind the Headlines - Election Measures E and F

Article: Hotel execs brace for battle against Measure E

Article: Opponents gear up for battle over health care


City of East Palo Alto

Article: East Palo Alto Council candidate finances outstrip competitors - Oct. 31, 2018

Webcast: East Palo Alto Election 2018

Article: East Palo Alto council candidate, city employee get into altercation - Oct. 12, 2018

Article: Seven contend for East Palo Alto council seats (Candidate profiles)

Article: East Palo Alto's Measure HH seeks housing, job training funding

Ravenswood City School District

Article: Meet the Ravenswood school-board candidates

Video: Ravenswood School Board Candidate Interview - Brooke Crosby

Video: Ravenswood School Board Candidate Interview - Stephanie Fitch

Video: Ravenswood School Board Candidate Interview - Julian Garcia

Video: Ravenswood School Board Candidate Interview - Marcelino Lopez

Video: Ravenswood School Board Candidate Interview - Laura Nunez

Video: Ravenswood School Board Candidate Interview - Ana Pulido

Video: Ravenswood School Board Candidate Interview - Nicole Sbragia

Video: Ravenswood School Board Candidate Interview - Tamara Sobmehian

Article: Ravenswood school board slate raises $4K - Oct. 30, 2018

Article: District vendors donate $35K to Ravenswood school board race - Oct. 10, 2018

Article: Candidate withdraws from Ravenswood school board race - Oct. 4, 2018


Article: Scharff and Holman wage expensive contest for open-district seat - Oct. 31, 2018

Article: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board of directors - Ward 5 seat

Article: Smith and Hirokawa to face-off in sheriff's race in November


Video: All the 2018 California propositions, each explained in one minute


Upcoming: Election events for Palo Alto voters

Recap videos: Recordings of League of Women Voters election-education events in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties are available on the Midpeninsula Media Center website.

Voting Information:

Early-bird voting opens in Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters

San Mateo County elections office

In Santa Clara County, registered voters can cast a ballot at the Registrar of Voters' Office starting Oct. 9 and at early voting early centers beginning Oct. 27. The last day to register to vote in the general election is Oct. 22 and can be completed online at registertovoteca.gov.

For selected collections of our election coverage, visit the Weekly's Wakelet pages for city and school district board candidates and measures in Palo Alto, in addition to races and measures in East Palo Alto and Ravenswood school board.

Stay on top of the results on election night at PaloAltoOnline.com, where up-to-date results will be posted as ballots are counted, or follow our live election coverage on Twitter.


Follow the Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online on Twitter @PaloAltoWeekly and Facebook for breaking news, local events, photos, videos and more.

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Posted by Bumper Cars on 101, ECR
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Oct 16, 2018 at 9:42 am

Bump this for visibility.

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Posted by Annette
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 30, 2018 at 5:46 pm

Annette is a registered user.

Thank you for providing all the above information. This is not a criticism, but I would have loved to see a ( ) showing how much $ each candidate has loaned his/her own campaign and another ( ) showing how much $ each candidate has received from contributors outside of Palo Alto.

These things matter. I was flabbergasted today to read on p3 of the Daily Post that candidate Scharff has loaned himself $121,500 in his peculiar effort to win a seat on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District board. That's nuts! It is also more than 20x what others have contributed to his campaign. Even if I didn't know that Karen Holman is endorsed by all the members of that board and that she has been a steward of the environment for decades and that Scharff is aligned with development (particularly commercial) the funding of his campaign tells a story of its own. We will never see improvement in government as long as candidates can win by buying name recognition. Let's not let that happen here; this seat is important to our open space and it should go to a true environmentalist.

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Posted by Vote NO of Measure Z, FOR the schools
a resident of Gunn High School
on Nov 3, 2018 at 2:26 pm

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