Fall Election Filing Deadline For Candidates Ends Tomorrow

South City residents pull papers for seats on state assembly, city school board and county harbor commission


As the summer is heating up, so are the political races that will be decided in the fall general election.

But those interested in throwing their hat in the ring for public office will only have one more day to do so, as the candidate filing period ends tomorrow.

On Election Day, November 6, South San Francisco residents will compete for seats on the local school board, the county harbor commission, as well as the state assembly.

To date, four South City residents have pulled papers to compete in various races, including City Councilman Kevin Mullin who is hoping to represent the 22nd district in the California State Assembly.

Mullin, a Democrat, gathered 68% of votes in defeating the Republican candidate Mark Gilham during the June primary election. 

If elected, Mullin would represent most of South San Francisco as well as Pacifica, San Bruno, Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Belmont, Foster City, San Carlos and Redwood City.

In other races involving South City residents, Judy Bush will run for re-election to the board of South San Francisco Unified School District. As will Maurice Goodman, who was elected to the board in 2008.

Both Bush and Goodman can expect be re-appointed to the school board, as voters will asked to cast their ballot for two candidates.

In a more competitive race, South San Franciso resident Leo Padreddii will be one of six candidates running for election to the San Mateo County Harbor Commission.

The incumbent Padreddii is a former mayor of South San Francisco. Voters will be asked to select three of the six candidates to fill the available seats.

The harbor commission's central charge is to administer the economic and environmental components of the harbors.  That means collecting revenue from berth and ground tenants and maintaining the harbor infrastructure.

And in regional elections, though no South San Francisco residents are in the running, local voters will be asked to choose between Shelly Masur and Warren Slocum to represent District 4 on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.

Masur and Slocum are competing for the seat currently occupied by Rose Jacobs Gibson, who will be leaving the board after fulfilling her term limit.

And not to be forgotten, President Barack Obama will run for re-election against Republican candidate Mitt Romney.

Want to join the race?

Those interested in running for office in the Nov. 6, 2012 Presidential General Election also have until 5 p.m. tomorrow to file their candidacy with the San Mateo County Elections Office.  

The candidate-filing period for the November Presidential General Election opened on July 16. The law provides candidates with a 26-day window in which to file the necessary paperwork. 

The complete Roster of Candidates is posted online and updated every evening.

“The Nov. 6, 2012, election features much more than the Presidential Race. There are several local offices and measures that are on the ballot for the voters’ consideration,” said Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. “Information regarding each measure will be posted online as it is received.”

The candidate-filing period will automatically be extended for five calendar days (until Aug. 15) for any office where an eligible incumbent does not file to run for reelection. 

The close of the candidate-filing period also marks the opening of the 10-day public review period when any member of the public has the opportunity to review resolutions, ordinances, tax rate statements, and candidate statements. 

Any registered voter of the election jurisdiction, or the elections official, may seek a writ of mandate or injunction requiring any or all of the materials to be amended or deleted. This initial public review will run from Aug. 10-20.

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