Filing Period for Local Candidates Ends Friday: Who's Running For Office In Lamorinda?

The nomination filing period for both city council and school board closes this Friday. Here's a list of the who has filed -- so far.

The end of filing season is near, and soon we will know what the competition will look like for the city council races in November.

Here’s who’s running so far. The nomination period ends Friday August 10, unless an incumbent does not file, in which case it will end August 15.

There will be two open spots on the Orinda city council in November. In Orinda, current vice mayor Victoria Smith and mayor Steve Glazer have both pulled papers and filed. Linda Delhunt has pulled papers, but has yet to file.

In Lafayette, current council member Mike Anderson, planning commissioner Mark Mitchell, Robert LeBron and Tracy Reilly have all filed for candidacy, with three spots up for grabs. At least two other potential candidates have taken out papers and two more have made inquiries with the City Clerk.

In Moraga, Karen Mendonca and Phillip Arth have both filed, with three open seats on the town council. Howard Harpham will not seek re-election.

Each of the school districts will have two open seats on their school boards in November.

For the Acalanes Union High School District, Kathleen Coppersmith and Gwen Reinke are running.

Jean Follmer, Quinlan S. Tom and Nancy Sue Wallace are running for a spot on the Lafayette School District board.

The Moraga School District candidates are Dexter Louie, Shari Simon and Parker Colvin.

Finally, the Orinda Union School District has a good list of candidates running: Sarah Butler, Shauna Simmonds, Matthew Paul Moran, Jason Lurie and Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert.

Election day is Nov. 6. To register to vote, visit the Contra Costa County Election Division. 


What do you think of the candidates? Know of anyone else who's planning on running? Let us know in the comments below. 

lovelafayette September 10, 2012 at 06:44 PM
So who is really running for Laf City Council? Vega is a bit of a mystery, not much info in her statement compared to other candidates. In my book running for office requires a verifiable biography of achievements, an open book. Lobron's Patch announcement WAS up, 15 minutes after "vote for anyone BUT Lobron" posted he took his page down. He can't run on his record: egregious maintenance/fire/security issues Laf Com Park, polluted creek, homeless campers, Brown Act scofflaw. Comm Lobron allowed secret, illegal meetings of the Park Improvement Advisory Group to develop the BMX proposal. Parks and Council stubbornly refused to do the right thing; the DA forced grudging compliance with the Brown Act, which has recently deteriorated. Verify the facts with the Lafayette City Attorney or the District Attorney. The Brown Act (and the ballot box) was created to protect us from public officials who do not believe in an open and transparent government. Protecting the right to attend and participate in public meetings and to speak freely in a limited public forum (public meeting ) is central to the Brown Act, and to democracy. I encourage voters to support ONLY candidates who are personally open and honest about their past lives, HONOR (as opposed to tolerate) the Brown Act, and who can prove a history of LISTENING and implementing what residents want and need. http://lamorinda.patch.com/articles/lafayette-bmx-park#comments_list
Carolyn Phinney September 10, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I have serious integrity issues with Tomi Van de Brooke's current Facebook page. She has changed the title of the page from the race she lost by 32.5% (Supervisor) to running for Contra Costa Community College Board, without deleting the entries from the last race. Each entry is now renamed to reflect it as a Community College Board race, making it look like George Miller walked for her for this race and these other events and endorsements are for Community College Board. When you look at the dates and the contents, you see they are not for this race, but the one she lost. I supported Tomi for Supervisor, but apparently the voters got it right. Students get thrown out of school for cheating. I wonder if the voters will provide the same service for Tomi and get it right again. Sorry, I'm an elected member of the Democratic Party Central Committee, but INTEGRITY IS THE FIRST CRITERION FOR OFFICE and certainly for having control over the lives of students.
Dr. Harold Miller September 21, 2012 at 10:02 PM
bekki gilbert lost in the last election for a reason. She's a mean evil person. She attacked the staff at wagner, bullies parents and is mean. Vote for anyone buy bekki. Join Orinda parents who think bekki is bad for osud.
Carolyn Phinney September 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM
YIKES. Why don't you tell us how you really feel? I prefer specific examples of objectionable behavior. Could you provide some for those of us who are not involved in this situation? What is your role or involvement?
Andrew September 21, 2012 at 10:22 PM
If you think Janice Arnerich and Joe Jaconette should be FIRED, then by all means vote for Bekki. Because despite all her "goals" and "objectives" and "mission", etc; that's all she and her husband and some other folks want. They have an axe to grind. Now, is this the best thing for OUSD ? There are a lot of people reading this who think that's EXACTLY what should happen and that's what's GREATabout the democratic process. I happen to think FIRING PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T DO WHAT I DEMANDED isn't what we need in Orinda. I think our schools are FANTASTIC and I think our Children are FLOURISHING from Elementary to Intermediate to High School. At least that's been my experience and my heart goes out to some good folks who feel like they got screwed and are still carrying around some pretty deep scars. Is everything perfect ? Absolutely not. But from where I'm standing, the Schools that comprise OUSD are pretty great right now.
Carolyn Phinney September 21, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Hi Andrew, I'm completely outside this situation and only recently learned about it. However, this has been going on a very long time unresolved. Surely, outside experts need to be brought in and this needs to be carefully examined by disinterested parties. BTW, I recently heard that Janice Arnerich locked two children in a closet as a punishment. Is that true? If it is, that's outrageous. Does anyone have any evidence that this is or is not true? It's the wildest allegation I have ever heard.
Dr. Harold Miller September 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Anyone notice that Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert has lied about who is endorsing her OUSD?
Dr. Harold Miller September 21, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Comments from a Wagner parents about Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert. She lost in the last elections and we need to make sure she looser in this election too. We have several other fine candidates to choose from. The actions Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert and her "friends" are taking are destroying the possibility of a cohesive environment at Wagner Ranch. I'm sure that the vicious attacks by these so-called "community leaders" don't make it easy for Principal Arnerich to foster a "positive social climate" either. In addition, bringing up personal issues with an administrator in a public forum and then releasing it to the general public is completely inappropriate and out of place. Issues should be dealt with on an individual basis. Janice has always been incredibly supportive as a Principal and we are lucky to have such a talented and capable woman at the head of Wagner Ranch.
Andrew September 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Hi Carolyn I disagree that the Wagner Ranch "issues" are unresolved. The complaining parents brought their issues to the Board, who heard them, considered them, and decided not to take any action ( certainly not the actions they wanted ). Did the Board act correctly or incorrectly ? I honestly don't know. But that doesnt mean things are unresolved. It just means people are angry. REALLY angry. And one thing you and I agree on 100% is that the allegations are indeed WILD.
Carolyn Phinney September 21, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Hi Dr. Miller, Could you please tell those of us who don't know you, what you are a doctor of and what is your role in all this? Thanks.
Carolyn Phinney September 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Hi Andrew, It was my understanding that people tried to bring these issues to the Board, but only were able to do so during public comment. I thought I heard that the Board failed to put this on the agenda and hence there has been no public discussion by the Board Members. Furthermore, I know another parent who has written on the Patch that there are terrible problems at Wagner Ranch. This is not just the complaint of one individual. Even if it was one person, should that person not have the right to complain? I don't understand the full nature of the complaints and would really like someone who is complaining to compile a list of complaints or letters from parents and present these to the Board, so that they could not avoid dealing with this subject. They seem to believe if they don't deal with it then it will go away. But, this has been going on for two years, I am told. I've only heard about it recently, so forgive me if I don't have all the insider facts. My children are in graduate school, so they are not being victimized by all this poison. But our community needs some team of experts from the outside to come in and evaluate what these parents are saying and what remedies can be proposed. Pretending the emperor has clothes is not working. And, it's driving down our property values...the ultimate evil...even if you don't care about the kids and parents!
Andrew September 22, 2012 at 12:25 AM
You mean the poison that is being spewed all over the WR principal, Joe Jaconette, and the School Board ? And while this may driving down the collective IQ of Orinda voters, last time I checked, property values are doing just fine
Peter Kendall September 22, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I was raised not to repeat scurrilous gossip such as you just did, Carolyn. "I recently heard.... is that true ... does anyone have any evidence...?" And you're some kind of representative for the democratic party? For Pete's sake, have you no shame?
Carolyn Phinney September 22, 2012 at 01:36 AM
ha ha ha. I don't really know, Andrew. I heard that people do not want to live in the Wagner Ranch School district and that enrollment is way down there and they are taking inter-district transfers at an unusual rate....something like 13 this year or some such. It's all rumor. And, actually, that's very good for the property values in Glorietta, where I live. I hear people want to buy in Glorietta and homes are flying off the market in a few days over here. So, I should thank you all for letting this go on for two years. I've made a lot of money on paper it would seem due to the mess that has not be solved over there.
Carolyn Phinney September 22, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Peter Kendall, I should not have expressed it the way I did. I'm not sure what political party has to do with this. Bekki is not a Democrat. I've heard complaints from people I respect. I was shocked. One of them told me about children being locked in a closet as a punishment. I'm trying to find out if anyone else knows about this and whether this is true or not. Does anyone else care if this happened? Has anyone else heard anything about this and is there any way that you know of to verify or refute this account? Have I expressed it in terms that clarify that it a serious allegation in my mind and I am seeking knowledge. Andrew, you might want to change your sign in to Andrew Moran, so that we all recognize you. Thanks much.
Carolyn Phinney September 22, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Peter Kendall, Clearly my question was inartfully posed. Let me try again. I have heard serious complaints from people I respect. One of these is that children have been locked in a closet at Wagner Ranch by the principal. Does anyone know anything about this? Is this true or false? Does anyone have any evidence to share? I really want to know, because this sounds insane. I'm not sure what my political preferences have to do with this. Bekki is not a Democrat and she is the primary person being attacked. Even if she is a horrible nonDemocrat, I want to know if what she and other people I know are complaining about has any merit. I think we need to get to the bottom of this. It seems unlikely that so many parents have lost their minds and are fabricating allegations. This is so contentious, I think outside experts are now needed to put this to rest one way or another. It appears to be affecting enrollment at Wagner Ranch. On one of these streams of argument, a father talked about moving his kid out of that district and now everything is fine. Should the Wagner Ranch families have to commute for grammer school. Something seems to be a problem and I'm having trouble believing that Bekki is the source of all evil, when so many other parents are also complaining. Are they all drinking the cool-aid or is Bekki standing up and speaking the loudest and getting shot at for doing so. As I said, I've only met Bekki once and she is not a Democrat!! Truth anyone?
Andrew September 22, 2012 at 02:54 AM
"serious complaints ...children locked in a closet ...insane ... attacked ...parents lost their minds ...allegations ... contentious .... drinking the cool-aid ... outside experts needed ... evil ...parents complaining ... getting shot at ..." Just keep pouring kerosene on the dumpster fire, Carolyn. It's so blatant what you're doing and who you're doing it for. So tawdry. - Andrew Moran
Andrew September 22, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Carolyn, Could you please explain to those of us who don't know you, what is YOUR role in all this ? Are you working for Bekki and/or Sarah ? - Andrew Moran
Carolyn Phinney September 22, 2012 at 05:27 AM
I'm still waiting for anyone who has close knowledge of this situation to tell us the facts. Why is everyone who knows so silent? Perhaps no one knows because no serious investigation has been done?
Carolyn Phinney September 22, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Andrew, we all know you are advocating for your brother, whom I have never met and I am sure is a lovely person. After the election is all over, I will still be pressing for an outside investigation, because one of the people writing here is a dear friend, who is clearly distressed.
Carolyn Phinney September 22, 2012 at 05:33 AM
"here" meaning the various comment streams on the PATCH
Carolyn Phinney September 22, 2012 at 05:59 AM
I just reported this to the Chief of Staff for Tom Torlakson, Office of State Superintendent for Public Instruction. Clearly, this community can not have these issues unresolved. If the allegations from all these parents are false, they need to be put to rest and the parents' concerns addressed.
Andrew September 22, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Carolyn- 99.843% of Orinda parents with Elementary School kids are THRIVING at their Orinda school. A disgruntled minority are still howling at the moon over percieved inaction or wrong action by the WR principal and School Board 2 years ago. If Bekki Gilbert wins a seat on the Board the unhappy WR people ( 99% of whom DON'T EVEN HAVE KIDS AT THE RANCH ANYMORE ) will exact their revenge. And you're right, this "situation" is good because people are talking about this election. Why aren't the "facts" coming out ? why are people "silent" ? I don't know, maybe because these are not facts, they're hurtful spurious innacuracies being spread maliciously to get the WR principal FIRED. So you come in here so late to the party it's laughable and declare ( like you're judge and jury here at the patch ) that "these issues remain unresolved" and by doing so, that makes it real. But it doesn't and it's not. You asked me to disclose my last name and I did. I asked you to disclose if you're working for Bekki and Sarah and you didn't. So good luck to you, Carolyn. Andrew Moran
Andrew September 22, 2012 at 01:46 PM
"we" ? So you're not just one person curious about all of this, you're with a group of people .. Shocking.
Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) September 22, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Just so long as they're keeping the red duct tape away from teachers. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2206227/Teacher-duct-tape-fourth-grade-students-mouth-shut-saying-punishment-pain-ripped-off.html
Carolyn Phinney September 22, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Andrew Moran, You want to jump to the conclusions that I am part of some GROUP because I said, "We all know." Well, I suppose the readers of the PATCH could be considered a group, if it makes you happy. My comments are made as an individual, without consultation or approval or input from anyone else. I am simply a concerned Orinda citizen. Apparently, those who voice concerns are attacked by you.
Carolyn Phinney September 23, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Dr. Walter Fox, Wow. Is this Orinda? What has happened to my civilized city? I had no idea we had so many venomous residents.
Andrew September 23, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Carolyn Phinney, you're not "voicing concerns", you're "repeating scurrilous gossip" ( Peter Kendall ) ... typing the words "children being locked in a closet as a punishment" over and over and over, which only serves to spread " all this poison" you're lamenting Or to quote Patch Editor J.D. O'Connor : "Readers should be aware that Ms Phinney is representing one maybe two candidates in races she has not disclosed to us" He goes on to say "It appears logic left your conversational stream long ago ", and finally : "Your manner is accusatory and abrasive to say the least" - Andrew Moran
Carolyn Phinney September 23, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Andrew, Your anger and hostility and venom require no response. If your brother shares your personality, you have lost him many votes.
We want More October 02, 2012 at 05:26 AM
this is extremely revealing... please watch and then vote http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_21661700/orinda-union-school-district-election-roundtable-2012?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com


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