Three to run for San Carlos City Council

Two open seats on the City Council have yielded an early crop of three likely newcomers to the race.

The candidate filing period officially opened 8 a.m. Monday. By 9 a.m., local businessman Omar Ahmad and Planning Commission Chair Randy Royce had taken out candidacy papers, according to Assistant City Manager Brian Moura. Incumbent Inge Tiegel Doherty took out papers before the end of the day.

Former councilman and continuing council-watcher John Hoffmann, reached by phone in Virginia, said Monday that he will also seek another term.

Doherty is up for re-election this fall. Mayor Tom Davids decided in June that he will retire from the council after 12 years, giving newcomers a shot at his seat.

“There’s so much to be done for the city,” said Randy Royce, who was appointed to the Planning Commission two years ago and serves as its chair this year. He cited the upcoming Palo Alto Medical Foundation hospital proposal and the development of the city’s downtown and east side as key issues for the City Council in 2007 and beyond.

Royce retired from his job at Hewlett-Packard after 23 years, giving him the time he needs to serve on the City Council, he said.

Ahmad, a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” has served on the city’s Economic Development Advisory Committee and is now looking for other ways to contribute to the city.

“The biggest thing on my mind right now is the fact that we’re going to face a much more constrained budget,” said Ahmad, who sits on the board of Trusted ID, which protects clients from identity theft. “It’s clear that revenue is going to come from the east side, so we need to look at that as a strategic asset.”

Tiegel Doherty did not return calls for comment Monday.

bwinegarner@examiner.com


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