East Palo Alto voters have a chance to greatly change the look of their City Council by election newcomers or to maintain the status quo by reelecting three current members. This fall, three seats are up for grabs.
Like her veteran colleagues also seeking reelection, East Palo Alto City Councilwoman Lisa Gauthier is looking to serve another four years to see some development projects through to completion.
Stewart Hyland doesn't have experience as a sitting councilman, but his work for the past two decades is deeply tied to one of the main pillars of the East Palo Alto community: its nonprofit organizations.
Webster Lincoln has positioned himself as a homegrown data scientist who, if elected, will bring critical thinking and an understanding of the community's spirit to his role on East Palo City Council.
"I'm new to politics, but I have strong and deep roots in this community," Lincoln said in his campaign statement.
Coming back to East Palo Alto's Gardens neighborhood from some of the most prestigious universities in the world, Antonio Lopez said he feels obligated to guide his hometown as a city councilman.
Juan Mendez, a 23-year-old East Palo Alto resident who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley this May, Juan Mendez is the youngest person to be running for a City Council seat this year.
"I've been more involved with the city and trying to understand where the city is right now, what it's missing and where it's heading," Mendez said of his work, which he started in May 2019.
Larry Moody is seeking a third term on the City Council in order to build out an East Palo Alto that is every bit a Silicon Valley city.
Carlos Romero, who has a long resume of community service in East Palo Alto that spans almost four decades, hopes to continue his work for the city as councilman if reelected this fall.
Seven candidates, which include three incumbents and four new contenders, are competing in this year's East Palo Alto City Council election on Nov. 3. Council members Lisa Gauthier and Larry Moody and Vice Mayor Carlos Romero are all seeking a third term on the council, while Stewart Hyland, Webster Lincoln, Antonio Lopez and Juan Mendez are challenging them for their seats.
This November, East Palo Alto residents will be revisiting a proposed hotel tax that hasn't been touched since it was first adopted more than 20 years ago.
East Palo Alto voters have several options for returning their completed ballots, which can be dropped off at three drop box locations in their city or in-person vote centers throughout San Mateo County.
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