This fall, seven candidates running for East Palo Alto City Council not only want to tackle some of their community's more evergreen issues — which have worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic — but also to set a promising path for a city in flux.
The incumbents — Lisa Gauthier, Larry Moody and Carlos Romero — are each seeking to secure a third term on the council to continue their work on affordable housing, job opportunities and commercial development, among other issues.
But as the city grapples with one of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in San Mateo County, some of its persistent issues — resident displacement, job losses, supporting youth and seniors, and public safety and health — have become more urgent.
First-time challengers Stewart Hyland, Webster Lincoln, Antonio Lopez and Juan Mendez want to ensure that residents are protected during the health crisis and are included in the city's future. They are all well-versed in the city's issues as well as its potential and hope to build upon the work of their predecessors, but with different solutions.
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