As the city prepares to lose three of its longtime incumbents on the City Council to term limits this year, at least six people have already thrown their hats into the ring for the open spots.
Mayor Marc Hershman and Councilwomen Nadia Holober and Linda Larson, with a combined 26 years of experience on the council, are termed out this year under the term limits ordinance limiting council tenure to two consecutive terms.
Six Millbrae residents so far have filed candidate intention statements — the first step in the candidacy process — with the city clerk’s office. These statements allow candidates to raise money and form committees to raise funds for their campaigns later in the year. The official filing period for candidacy in all local offices runs from July 16 through Aug. 10.
Planning Commissioner Wayne Lee, resident Richard Dixon, former police Sgt. Ronald Caine, former Councilman Daniel Quigg, community volunteer Marge Colapietro and Parks and Recreation Commisioner Paul Seto have all filed these statements, some as early as January and others as late as May.
City Manager Ralph Jaeck said he has heard rumblings that others in the community are interested in the job, and that the November race could shape up to be an exciting one.
“[The current council members] are the only bosses I’ve ever known,” Jaeck said. “It’s going to be a real change.”
Hershman, who joined the council in 1997, said he has also heard that a number of additional people have expressed interest in the positions as well.
Hershman noted that while it’s hard to say who will remain in the running once the candidate filings begin, the ideal candidate would be someone with an outpouring of ideas for the city.
“My hope is that we have people who bring new ideas and new energy to the position,” Hershman said.
“I would say that it speaks well for the community that there has been so much interest.”
Colapietro, who is taking her first stab at elected office, said she is still preparing her platform, but is indeed intending to run.