Daly City Council races begin to take shape

They say a watched pot never boils, but many are watching to see if the races for three seats on the Daly City Council boil over quickly as the Aug. 11 filing deadline nears.

The races for three 4-year terms on the council look set to feature three incumbents and at least four challengers.

Daly City Clerk Maria Cortes said Mayor Mike Guingona and Councilmember Carol Klatt have submitted their papers for review while fellow Councilmember Maggie Gomez was expected to follow suit soon.

Cortes said she also expected Annette Hipona, a staunch critic of the council and a Jefferson School District Board Member, to turn in her papers Aug. 11.

Leah Berlanga, the former president of the Daly City Council of Homeowners and Residents Association, had not turned in her papers, but her former husband, Frank Berlanga, pulled the necessary forms yesterday, Cortes said. A seventh candidate, Ademan Angeles, also has not returned his filing papers to the clerk’s office.

With so many candidates splitting the vote this cycle, the threshold for victory will be lowered, putting a premium on efforts to reach out to undecided voters and to convince each candidate’s constituency to go to the polls.

The races are expected to be contentious because of strained relationships on a council whose members have thrown their weight behind different challengers and incumbents. Guingona and Klatt have endorsed Leah Berlanga, not incumbent Gomez, while Hipona’s political ally on the board is Councilmember Judith Christensen.

As has become her habit, Christensen took the time at Monday’s study session to remind city officials and prospective candidates of Daly City’s policy on campaign signs.

Candidates need permission from property owners to place signs on private property, and no signs are to be placed on public property.

dsmith@examiner.com

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