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Publication Date: Friday, November 04, 2005

College board race down to wire College board race down to wire (November 04, 2005)

By Molly Tanenbaum

As Election Day approaches, the four candidates for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District board are picking up the pace with door-to-door campaigning, phone banks and other campaign activities to encourage voters to go to the polls on Tuesday.

Paul Fong, 12-year incumbent and political science professor at Evergreen Valley College, will participate in open forums and is also busy serving as co-chair for Advocates for a Better Cupertino, a group opposing measures that will limit growth of businesses in Fong's hometown.

Fong plans to watch the election returns on Tuesday night at the Tied House from 7 to 11 p.m.

Laura Casas Frier, a Los Altos resident and longtime community volunteer, will be using her remaining days prior to the election to reach as many precincts as possible.

"[The voters] want to see you in person, so I'm trying to get as many person-to-person contacts as I can," she said.

The night of the election, Casas Frier will be stopping by the homes of different supporters.

Her main message she hopes to communicate to voters is: "The community colleges are the last place where every citizen has the opportunity for the middle class dream, and I want to make that dream not only available but realistic and achievable."

Julia Miller, past mayor and current council member of Sunnyvale, as well as a De Anza graduate, would not reveal her secrets about how she planned to spend her last week campaigning prior to Election Day.

"I'm working hard, of course," she said.

Miller wants to let voters know that "experience counts," referring to her own background.

Bruce Swenson, a Palo Alto resident and longtime math professor at Foothill, has been using his last week walking precincts, spending time at neighborhood grocery stores, and participating in open forums in Sunnyvale and on the Foothill campus with the other candidates.

"I'm very pleased with the outpouring of my friends and supporters," said Swenson, who drew about 40 volunteers to help with all aspects of his campaign.

Some Mountain View residents in areas bordering Los Altos will also vote on the Los Altos School District board election. The seven Los Altos and Los Altos Hills candidates -- Mark Goines, Frances La Poll, David Luskin, David Pefley, David Struthers, Kathryn "Kitty" Uhlir and Bruce Wiener -- none of whom are incumbents, are vying for three open seats on the school board. This race will determine a new majority on the board, making it a significant election for the school district.

The consolidated special statewide election, which will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, includes eight propositions in addition to the Foothill-De Anza College board race. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail has passed.

To locate a polling place, visit or call Santa Clara County's toll free number, (866) 430-VOTE. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.

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