I posted on Gennady Sheyner (“Candidate Season opens”) that any fewer than 10 candidates for five seats for Palo Alto City Council would mean that Palo Alto has thrown in the towel on Democracy.
The period to pull papers, he reports, starts today and extends probably through August 15.
I presume but have not verified that the basic requirement carries over from 2012: 25 signatures of PA registered voters to qualify and $25 or 100 signatures, but that could change. City Clerk Donna Grider sets appointments to talk candidates thru the process. An oath is administered, either at the pull or the file, I forget which.
Declared so far: Gregg Scharff (i), Nancy Shepherd (i), Eric Filseth, Tom Dubois, Claude Ezran, See Reddy — that’s six. Karen Holman (i) is likely 7.
There were 14 for five in 2009 and 6 for 4 in 2012.
It takes about 8,000 votes to be seated.
The typical candidate spends about $20,000 on yard signs, consultants, ads in the three papers. I think but would have to verify that the Weekly is usually better at predicting the winners, thru it’s endorsement; or, the Weekly endorsement usually carries better than that of Post or News. (just ask: Tim Gray, Corey Levens, Dan Dykwell, endorsed but never seated).
outro, The Donnas “Take it Off” maybe they can re-form to do a special election season version call “Pull Papers” (9, 689 votes, the number shown in the screen capture below, would be a good goal for a City Council candidate)