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Two new candidates join City Council race

Coladonato, Carpenter join six others in race for four seats

As the candidate filing period closes, it appears that Mountain View voters will have a field of eight candidates running for four City Council seats. The contest became more competitive with two late entries -- Greg Coladonato and Kacey Carpenter -- announcing they would join the race.

Coladonato currently serves as a trustee for the Mountain View Whisman School District.

Carpenter, who leads a government-affairs division at Cisco Systems, said he is joining the council race after being inspired by his experience as a delegate for Sen. Bernie Sanders at the recent Democratic National Convention.

Mountain View has four City Council seats up for election this November. The other candidates are Parks and Recreation Commissioner Thida Cornes, former council member Margaret Abe-Koga, Planning Commissioner Lisa Matichak, Human Relations Commissioner Lucas Ramirez and incumbent council members John McAlister and Chris Clark.

Due to the city's rules limiting members to serving two consecutive terms on the council, John Inks and Mike Kasperzak are ineligible to run for re-election to the seven-member council.

Check back for an expanded story on the two newest candidates.

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27 people like this
Posted by Oh dear
a resident of North Whisman
on Aug 15, 2016 at 10:06 pm

After seeing the obstinant mess made in the School Board meetings and the parcel tax debacle, I feel Coladonato would not be a choice leading to pragmatic, sensible and workable solutions for our cities problems. I don't plan to vote for him.


19 people like this
Posted by Voter
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 15, 2016 at 10:40 pm

A delegate for Sanders? Greg has a history as a Republican, and active campaigned for Ron Paul (Web Link). I had the opportunity to work closely with him for about a year, and found him to be one of the most self serving people I've ever met. He'll say and do anything to further his political aspirations.


9 people like this
Posted by @Voter
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2016 at 7:06 am

I also found that paragraph confusing. It is Carpenter who was a Sanders delegate.

I am not a fan of Coladonato and do wonder why he has never addressed his sudden flip from working for Libertarians to running as a Democrat.


16 people like this
Posted by No To Colodanato
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 16, 2016 at 10:46 am

The residents of Mountain View should be warned that Greg Coladoato has a terrible track record. He has not demonstrated the ability to listen to any constituent during his time as a trustee on the MVWSD board. Nor has been able to recognize his own (constant) conflict of interests when he represented his school at school board meetings.

The only advantage of having Coladonato serve on our town's City Council is that he would have to give up his seat in the school board. But I wouldn't wish his self-centeredness on Mountain View at large. Our kids are already paying the high price for his bad decision making and self-servitude with him on the MVWSD school board. Anyone parent who has works with him at th school level understands that he as no ability to act behind his own interests. Mountain View deserves better.


4 people like this
Posted by No To Coladonato
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 16, 2016 at 10:51 am

The residents of Mountain View should be warned that Greg Coladoato has a terrible track record. He has not demonstrated the ability to listen to any constituent during his time as a trustee on the MVWSD board. Nor has been able to recognize his own (constant) conflict of interests when he represented his school at school board meetings.

The only advantage of having Coladonato serve on our town's City Council is that he would have to give up his seat in the school board. But I wouldn't wish his self-centeredness on Mountain View at large. Our kids are already paying the high price for his bad decision making and self-servitude with him on the MVWSD school board. Anyone parent who has works with him at th school level understands that he as no ability to act beyond his own interests. Mountain View deserves better.


2 people like this
Posted by replacement for Inks?
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Perhaps Coladonato would be a libertarian_like replacement for two term councilman John Inks. I have heard they 'are friends'. But Inks was willing to be endorsed by local company owners and businesses. I don't know if Coladonato would accept any of that endorsement help and money. PROMETHIUS $$$$$? I sort of doubt he would ever go that far (as other contenders are reported as doing, already)
There seem to be a lot of complainers over at Rex Manor, Stevenson/ PACT. Oh well, I guess Coladonato lost that hundred vote block.
Bernie_backer Carpenter supported a recently_converted_to party Democrat. I guess Coladonato is also a relatively recently_converted_to party Democrat?
Does anyone know who got the official Santa Clara County Democratic Party endorsement last Sunday? Nonpartisan office (yeah sure).


3 people like this
Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

At least we have 8 for 4 City Council seats. Better than 4 for 4. And they seem like an interesting group. Who ran for the MV-Whisman school board?


4 people like this
Posted by Paul21
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 28, 2016 at 6:26 pm

I hope that prior to the election, a comprehensive list of the candidates and their contributors is available. It would be very enlightening to see who is getting substantial funding from Prometheus.


2 people like this
Posted by Follow the money
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 1, 2016 at 10:47 pm

Matichak isn't taking Prometheus $$


1 person likes this
Posted by Follow the money
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 9, 2016 at 9:58 am

@Paul21-
You can look up all contributions. Don't wait to be spoon fed.


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