Mountain View Voice

News - March 23, 2012

Candidates lining up for fall race

Four seats up for grabs on seven-member City Council

by Daniel DeBolt

A newcomer, two commissioners and two incumbents have said they will run for the City Council when four seats become open this fall.

Leadership Mountain View graduate Margaret Capriles was the only candidate to file a statement of intent by the Voice's press time. Planning commissioners Chris Clark and John McAllister both confirmed that they will be running for City Council again this year, as they did in 2008.

Mayor Mike Kasperzak and council member John Inks say they will both be running for re-election, while the city will see the departure of Laura Macias and Tom Means due to term limits after both serve eight years on the council.

Capriles is relatively unknown to city insiders and said she was not able to comment by the Voice's press deadline, except to confirm that she is running. According to her profiles on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, she is a Democrat, a member of the YMCA's local senior advisory board and a data architect at Hewlett Packard, where she says she has worked for over 20 years. On Facebook, she counts as friends state Senate candidate Sally Lieber, Mayor Mike Kasperzak and Day Worker Center director Maria Marroquin.

Clark, a senior operations manager for Loopt, was noted as the youngest gay city council candidate in the Bay Area when he placed 6th in the 2008 election in which the environment and smart growth appeared to be his top priorities. He's addressed criticisms that he needed more experience in the community by serving two years on the human relations commission, two years on the planning commission and two years on the advisory board for the Community Health Awareness Council. He's endorsed by the Democratic Party and the Sierra Club, according to his website.

McAllister, who owns Mountain View's Baskin Robbins, has spent four years on the city's Planning Commission where he's known as a proponent of slow growth practices. In the 2008 election he was just shy of winning a seat and a few hundred votes ahead of Clark. According to his website, he's endorsed by former Mayor Matt Pear and fellow commissioner Laura Brown.

Parks commissioner Thida Cornes and planning commissioner Lisa Matichak confirmed rumors that they were considering the race as well, but have decided not to run.

Prospective candidates have until August to file papers with the City Clerk's office.

Email Daniel DeBolt at ddebolt@mv-voice.com

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