CORRECTION (Published 11/22/2013, Piedmonter)

An article about Piedmont City Councilman and candidate Jeff Wieler misstated his past job titles. Wieler was formerly assistant head of Redwood Day School and its chief financial officer.

CLARIFICATION (Published 11/22/2013, Piedmonter)

An article about the uncontested Piedmont City Council race needs to be clarified. Because the city also has the PERS side fund measure on the Feb. 4 ballot, the council election will be held and the uncontested election will be certified

PIEDMONT -- Three candidates are running for two open seats on the Piedmont school board, while three candidates are running for three open seats on the City Council, which creates an uncontested council election.

The council candidates will appear on the Feb. 4 ballot. But because there is no contest, they will likely be formally appointed by the City Council following the election, City Clerk John Tulloch said.

If any resident chooses to become a write-in candidate, he or she may take out papers and follow the same procedures as the other candidates. That filing period runs from Dec. 9 to Jan. 21.

The total cost of the special election is estimated at $95,000, which will be split with the school district because there is a school board race. There is also a city measure on the ballot to refinance the PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) side fund.


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The last uncontested election was in 2010, when school board trustees Ray Gadbois and Roy Tolles filed to retain their seats and no other candidates came forth. They did not appear on the ballot; therefore, the school district did not have to pay for an election.

Doug Ireland, Amal Smith and Hari Titan all filed their papers by the Nov. 8 deadline to run. Jon Elliott, who ran for school board in the previous election, took out papers but decided not to run, he said.

The three are vying for the seats of Tolles and Gadbois, who are termed out. Those elected will serve a four-year term.

Ireland, wife Mary, and his four children have lived in Piedmont since 1996, with a sojourn to Tokyo on a business assignment from 2001 to 2004. His children range from college graduate to a Piedmont High junior.

Ireland cites his commitment to, and involvement with, Piedmont youth. He served a six-year term on the Piedmont Education Foundation and co-chaired the recent successful school parcel tax campaign. He has coached youth soccer for 16 years, and sat on the Havens site council in the late 1990s.

He worked on Wall Street in the bond business for Lehman Brothers, first in New York, then Chicago and the Bay Area. For the past five years, he has worked for Barclays in wealth management.

"Each of these experiences provided insight to district needs, and the running of the K-12 system," Ireland said.

"The next four years in the Piedmont schools will see the incorporation of the Common Core curriculum, integration of a teacher evaluation system and ongoing operational ... challenges. My skills and passion will provide the expertise and leadership to bolster and sustain Piedmont's excellent school system."

Titan, a computer scientist, is embracing a high-tech position for his campaign. He is advocating establishing an electronic "town hall" community forum where parents and others can sign on to view the latest school board news, post comments, questions and suggestions he would carry back to the board.

Titan believes many parents are too busy to attend school board meetings or pore through lengthy reports, but they are interested in their student's education. He has volunteered for four years for the Junior Statesmen of America, and been involved in security related discussions in Piedmont. His son attended Piedmont High; his daughter attends Havens Elementary.

His commitment to education and expertise in handling and synthesizing large volumes of online information are an asset he will bring to the board.

"More voices, more ideas, better representation of Piedmont parents" is Titan's position.

His campaign website is www.harititan.com.

Amal Smith touts her extensive experience for Piedmont schools. She served several positions for the Beach Parents' organization, served six years on Piedmont Education Foundation board, is a member of the district's Budget Advisory Committee since 2004.

She also has served on the PHS Boosters board, is treasurer for the PHS parent's club and a member of the PHS Wellness Center Advisory Board.

She has 23 years of experience in higher education, serving the past 13 years in the Office of the President at the University of California in financial management and operations support. Previously, she was a consultant for a nonprofit that dealt with top-tier research universities.

"I know how things work in our district," Smith said. "My priorities are ensuring strong fiscal oversight and prudent allocation of district resources, providing the most robust program possible, and holding a long-term perspective."

Rood is launching his second bid for the council. He missed gaining a seat by 26 votes in the last election, losing to Bob McBain. The seats of John Chiang, Garrett Keating and Jeff Wieler are open.

Rood, a city planner and licensed architect, is a strong supporter of green initiatives such as the bicycle/pedestrian master plan and other environmental issues. He is a daily bicycle commuter.

He has served on the city's Budget Advisory and Financial Planning committee, co-chair of Piedmont Connect, former board member for the Piedmont Swim Club, precinct captain for the 2013 school parcel tax campaign. His children are at Piedmont Middle School and Piedmont High; the family moved to Piedmont in 2002.

"It's been a privilege to represent Piedmonters on the BAFPC ... collaborating to explore ways to save the city money and address future liabilities," Rood said.

Rood would bring his community and business experience to find consensus on difficult issues, he said. His campaign website is www.rood4piedmont.com.

Wieler is seeking a second term on the council. There was a lapse between the first and second time he served on the council, so he is allowed another run this election.

He has years of service to the community, including the park commission, civic center committee and municipal tax committee. He holds an MBA from Harvard University Business School and was formerly head of Redwood Day School.

"My personal belief is there is no more serious duty for an elected official than ... prudent management of public finances," Wieler said.

Wieler promises to question and analyze with an open mind all aspects of running the city.

Mother of three, and an active community leader, Teddy Gray King is the third council candidate. Her campaign website is www.teddyforpiedmont.com.

King served 18 months as chair of the environmental task force, serves on the recreation commission, worked on the Giving Campaign for Piedmont schools, and served on the board of the Piedmont Neighbors and Newcomers Club.

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, and as a policy analyst for a nonprofit national health care organization.

King said she dedicated to keeping Piedmont a safe, green, well-run city, "the very best place to raise a family."

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