PIEDMONT -- The race is on for City Council and the school board, with candidates already out of the starting gate.
Three seats are open on the council. Councilman Garrett Keating and Mayor John Chiang are being termed out and the seat held by Councilman Jeff Wieler. Wieler can seek re-election because there was a lapse between the first and second time he served on the council.
The school board has two open seats. Trustees Ray Gadbois and Roy Tolles are both termed out. The special election will be held on Feb. 4. Recreation Commissioner Teddy Gray King announced her candidacy Sept. 5 for City Council.
"As a mom of school-age and preschool-age kids, I am dedicated to making Piedmont safe, green and the very best place to raise a family in the Bay Area," King said in her announcement. "We are a small town, but we have serious issues to confront. I enjoy the collaborative aspect of serving on city commissions -- it's democracy in action."
King has been an active community leader. She served 18 months as chair of the Piedmont Environmental Task Force, served on the board of the Piedmont Neighbors and Newcomers Club, and worked on the Giving Campaign for Piedmont schools in 2012.
Professionally, she served as a Legislative aide for former U.S. Rep. Lynn Woolsey, of Marin and Sonoma counties, as chief of staff to former San Francisco Supervisor Jose Medina, a policy analyst for a nonprofit national health care organization and a mayoral appointee to a city department in San Francisco.
King and her husband, Larry, have three children. She has assembled a campaign team that includes several former Piedmont mayors and commissioners.
Wieler announced his candidacy on Monday, citing his experience and long-standing community involvement. He has served on the Municipal Tax Committee, Park Commission, and Civic Center Committee. He has also represented Piedmont on the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency. Wieler holds an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School, and is a retired chief financial officer for Redwood Day School in Oakland.
"As a member of the City Council, I have been deeply engaged in all aspects of ... decision making, with a focus on responsible financial management," he said. "There is no more serious duty for an elected official than prudent management of public finances."
Wieler noted that the city will have a new administrator in February. He believes his long experience and institutional memory will help provide continuity during the transition. Wieler is supported by several former mayors, including Abe Friedman, Susan Hill, Michael Bruck and current Mayor John Chiang.
"If elected, I promise to maintain an open mind, listening to all points of view and working to incorporate those ideas into public policy," Wieler said.
"I'm passionate about helping the city continue to be the wonderful community that it is," he said.
Wieler welcomes questions from his constituents. His email is email@example.com. Filing for candidates opens Oct. 14 and closes Nov. 8. The last day to register to vote is Jan. 20. Early voting takes place Jan. 6 through election day.
The cost of the election will be borne by the city and the school district, provided there is a contested election for the school board. If the city decides to put a measure on the ballot regarding refinancing of the PERS side fund, the first reading must take place Sept. 16, the second reading Oct. 7 to meet the deadline.