Three seats open on Council
Publication Date: Friday Jul 29, 1994

ATHERTON: Three seats open on Council

Candidates for November race have until Aug. 12 to file

Julie Mitchum couldn't immediately recall how long the three Atherton City Council members who face re-election this year have served.

"We've had the same people here for quite a while," she said.

Mitchum's temporary memory lapse can be forgiven in a town where Council elections generally come and go with little fanfare. Besides, Mitchum only began serving as the town's deputy city clerk in 1993, seven years after incumbents William Conwell and Christopher Cobey were first elected.

Dianne "Didi" Fisher won election to the Council for the first time in 1990. She submitted her filing papers last week declaring her intention to run.

"I have really learned a lot in the first four years, I have a lot I want to accomplish in the next four years," Fisher said.

Conwell, too, will seek re-election, his third bid for Council.

"I enjoy it, I love doing it," said the 69-year-old Conwell, the town's appointed mayor. "We're running a small business. This is what I excel at, running small to medium-size businesses."

Cobey has taken out papers, but said Monday he remained undecided about whether to run for a third term.

"I'll probably decide in the next 10 days," he said.

Candidates have until Aug. 12 to submit their filing papers to Mitchum.

Three challengers, including Marion Oster, Robert Huber and Phillip A. Larson, have visited Mitchum to pick up filing papers. As of Wednesday, none had returned them.

Oster, a planning commissioner, would be making her first run for elected office.

So would Huber, a retired AT&T executive who has served as president of the Rotary Club, as a volunteer in the city's well monitoring program and as a top officer in the Atherton Civic Interest League, a local political action group. He has lived in Atherton a total of 17 years.

"I decided that I want to become part of the community," said Huber. , Larson, a Selby Lane resident, also would be coming to the race with no experience in elected office.

According to Fisher and Huber, the issue likely to raise the most interest in the race to run this quiet, affluent town will center on how Atherton should go about protecting its residential streets against unwanted traffic.

--Rufus Jeffris 

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