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San Mateo County, CA November 5, 2013 Election
Council Member; Town of Portola Valley Voter Information

4 Year Term.

Results as of Jan 15 5:15pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (3/3)
25.4% Voter Turnout (91,335/359,535)
Candidates (Vote for 3)
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F. John Richards Click here for more information about this candidate 882 votes 28.1%

  • Occupation: Architect
  • Town of PV: ASCC, 1986-1992; Planning Commission, 1992-1995; Town Councl 2010-present
  • Education: UC Davis, 1968-1972 BS Environmental design; University of Stockholm, 1970; California College of the Arts, 1977-1978 MFA
  • Professional: Licensed California Architect, 1984
  • Peace Corps, Venezuela and Nicaragua, 1973-1975
  • Family: Married to Sharon, with two grown children Galen and Megan
  • Portola Valley roots: Grew up on Corte Madera Rd. 1954-1970. Returned to PV in 1985
  • Build on nearly 50 years of successful use of the General Plan to preserve the rural nature of Portola Valley.
  • Continue the leadership role Portola Valley has taken in promoting sustainability.
  • Foster community through support of programs such as the Farmers Market, Garden Share, and the Summer Concert Series.
Maryann Moise Derwin Click here for more information about this candidate 875 votes 27.9%
  • Occupation: Incumbent
  • Town Council member 8 years, Mayor 2008, 2012
  • Chair, SMC Library JPA
  • Former Chair, SMC Council of Cities
  • Former PTA President, PVSD
  • M.A., Program for Writers, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Parent to William, 24 and Charlie, 21
  • Hold the line by basing decisions on values embodied in the General Plan: preservation of open space and conservation of resources
  • Continue the tradition of low-cost, volunteer government
  • Focus on emergency planning, policies and programs to prepare residents for increased wildfire risk
Craig R. Hughes Click here for more information about this candidate 857 votes 27.3%
  • Occupation: Entrepreneur / Executive
  • Founded and ran 5 software companies
  • PV Architecture and Site Control Commissioner for last 4 years
  • "Recent" Portola Valley resident, at only 10+ years
  • One kid each at Ormondale and Corte Madera
  • Stanford University, Symbolic Systems program
  • Maintain the ideals of the town's General Plan: small volunteer government, living in harmony with our natural environment
  • Promote greater communication from the town to its citizens. Our government in PV is dilligent, hard-working and honest and should let everyone know
  • Encourage the upcoming younger generation to volunteer in town and continue the traditions that have made us such a great place
Arthur C. "Bud" Eisberg, Jr. Click here for more information about this candidate 522 votes 16.6%
  • Occupation: Retired Airline Pilot
  • US Navy-5 yrs active, 17 yrs reserve duty
  • Portola Valley Town Volunteer-20+ yrs (ASCC, Public Works, Affordable Housing Committee, Town Center Creek Committee)
  • 40+ yr PV resident. Raised 2 sons through PV schools.
  • Volunteered for family activities incl sports, scouting, PV Flight Night.
  • Colgate University, B.A Economics, M.A. Student Personnel Admin.
  • Committment to Town values of maintaining our rural quality and natural features, family environment with great schools, and small government
  • Focus on the priorities of our citizens and families. People come first.
  • A more transparent, efficient, and evidence-based decision making process

Basic candidate data supplied by the applicable elections official. Order of candidates is random and changes daily.

Candidate Forums

  • Candidates' Forum
  • Tuesday, 8 October
  • 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Historic Schoolhouse, 765 Portola Rd., Portola Valley
  • YouTube video of forum
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