There are 5 weeks until Election Day, November 8. Signs have popped up all over our Palo Alto neighborhood - especially about Measure E. Overall, it's a relatively quiet election with no other Santa Clara county measures and no elected offices for Palo Alto voters.
In San Mateo County, there are a bunch of low profile races that don't get a lot of media coverage. The campaigns for Menlo Park Fire Protection Board, Sequoia Union High School Board, East Palo Alto Sanitary District Board, San Mateo County Community College Board, and the Measure H bond for community colleges are not likely to feature candidate debates or even many fliers. And yet, it's the local leaders who often have the deepest impact on our lives including rates and fees we pay, student experiences, and even our collective carbon footprint.
The Media Center considers every election important for voters and we create video resources to give voters an up-close look at the candidates. We also invite measure proponents and opponents to record a message. These five minute candidate statements provide the only opportunity that many voters will have to compare the "presence" and priorities of each contender, side-by-side.
Check out our Election Page for the video-on-demand links and the TV channel playback times for each race. Make an informed vote on Election Day or on your absentee ballot that will arrive the week of October 10.
The videos are also linked on the League of Women's excellent voter resource web site, SmartVoter.org.