SAN JOSE -- The final filing deadline Wednesday afternoon has set the field of candidates for scores of city council, school board and special district races to be decided in the Nov. 4 general election.
Candidates in November's biggest local race -- for San Jose mayor and City Council -- already were decided in June's primary election. But 13 other Santa Clara County cities now have their field of contenders, from Santa Clara, Mountain View and Palo Alto to the little hamlet of Monte Sereno.
In San Mateo County, there are eight competitive races for council seats in Atherton, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park and Pacifica, as well as several school and special district elections. Seven candidates qualified for the ballot in Half Moon Bay, where they are vying for three council seats. There are just two incumbents in the race, with Councilwoman Naomi Patridge not running for re-election.
The unofficial list of contenders Wednesday afternoon was in play, with a few last minute hopefuls submitting papers in Santa Clara and San Jose's Franklin-McKinley School District. County registrars will spend the next several days verifying filers' eligibility before confirming candidates.
In Santa Clara, incumbent Mayor Jamie L. Matthews is up against small business owner Deborah Bress and Sarah Doty, who was recently in the news for filing a lawsuit over what she said was toxic lead paint scraped off the brightly colored "Up" house. In addition, there are two council races. In one, incumbent Patrick Kolstad faces a field of five challengers: Planning Commissioner Steve Kelly, professor and businessman Mohammed Nadeem, tech teacher Karen Hardy, Howard Myers and Suds Jain. Meanwhile, incumbent Patricia Mahan is not in the running for her post, which is being sought by Roseann Alderete Lacoursiere, economics teacher Dominic Caserta and Kevin Park.
Mountain View has a full field of nine candidates seeking seats vacated by three departing incumbents. It consists of family attorney Mercedes Salem, community volunteer Margaret Capriles, retired Lt. Col. Greg Unangst, financial planner Ken Rosenberg, government policy aide Ellen Kamei, tech business executive Lisa Matichak, civil engineer Pat Showalter, systems administrator Jim Neal and environmental oversight executive Leonard "Lenny" Siegel.
Farther north, Palo Alto has even more names to sift through, with three incumbents up for re-election and two departing. Greg Scharff, Karen Holman and Nancy Shepherd seek to retain their seats as John Karl Fredrich, Seelam "Sea" Reddy, Eric Filseth, Tom DuBois, Lydia Kou, Richard Wendorf, Mark Weiss, Victor Frost, Wayne Douglass, Cory Wolbach and A.C. Johnson enter as contenders.
In addition, Milpitas has two opponents seeking Mayor Jose Esteves' seat and a field of eight after two posts on the council. Other cities with council races are Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Morgan Hill and Saratoga.
All told, there are about 60 races throughout the county, including judicial, county board of education, community college, unified and high school districts, as well as water, sanitary, health care, open space and fire protection boards. For a complete list, visit www.mercurynews.com/elections.
Staff Writer Aaron Kinney contributed to this report. Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.