Candidates lining up for fall race


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.


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Posted by Karen Meredith
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm

What does being gay have anything to do with Chris Clark running for City Council?

If a fact isn't pertinent to the story, leave it out.

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Posted by Christopher Parkinson
a resident of Willowgate
on Mar 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Christopher Parkinson is a registered user.

Count me in too.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Clark made a issue of being gay. MV Voice just reported it. No big deal. At least I am pleased to see that he put some effort into building his skill set.

People are known by the company they keep, so I'll be crossing Capriles off the list.

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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2012 at 10:06 pm

"Smart Growth"= massive traffic.

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Posted by OMV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 22, 2012 at 11:37 pm

If Chris Clark's emphasis on smart growth and the environment that he has shown on the Environmental Planning Commission carry over to the City Council, I wholly support his candidacy. I've found his positions on things like the General Plan update to be among the most thoughtful and truly progressive on the whole EPC. I wish him the best in his run.

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Posted by Old Ben
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

McAllister is a militant anti-tobacco crusader. He won't be getting my vote.

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Posted by Sam Altman
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

I've had the pleasure of working with Chris Clark for a few years. He's incredibly smart and effective, and I look forward to his campaign.

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