Here's a closer look at five candidates competing for two open seats on the Moraga Town Council. Incumbent Howard Harpham is not running.

Philip Arth

Age: 73

Occupation: Retired Certified Public Accountant

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Served in US Army, 82nd Airborne. CPA in private practice.

Serves on Town of Moraga Audit & Finance Committee. Has served as president of Sons in Retirement, Branch 171. Member of board of directors of the California Society of CPA's.

Personal background: Married to wife Gretchen. Three children.

Education: BA in political science, UC Berkeley. MBA in taxation, Golden Gate University.

Seth R. Freeman

Age: 54

Occupation: CEO and co-founder of EM Capital Management, LLC. Chairman of EM Capital Hong Kong affiliate.

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Manager, global investment business. Financial adviser. Interim senior manager and fiduciary.

Has served on Moraga Educational Foundation, MCC Budget and Finance Committee.

Personal background: Married. Has a daughter and son.

Education. MBA in global management, Thunderbird School of Global Management. BA in Management, Saint Mary's College of California.

Karen Mendonca

Age: 58

Occupation: Incumbent / Former Mayor

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Retired administrator, California State University system. Public schoolteacher and community college faculty member and counselor.


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First elected to the Moraga Town Council in 2008. Served as councilmember, Vice Mayor, and Mayor. Moraga Park and Recreation Commission, 2007, 2008. Has served on Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority Board. Was member of the Audit and Finance Committee, liaison to Saint Mary's College, Moraga School District, and the Moraga Youth Involvement Committee.

Personal background: Married to Clay Serrahn.

Education: Ph.D. in education, UC Berkeley. Master of Arts in education psychology/counseling, University of San Francisco. Master of Arts in education, California State University, Chico. Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies, California State University, Chico.

Mike Metcalf

Age: 70

Occupation: Retired civil engineer

Professional background/occupation/elected history: US Navy, Civil Engineer Corps (Seabees), Vietnam, 1965-68. U.S. Navy, Resident Officer, Thailand, 1968-70. Engineering and construction project manager, Chevron.

Elected to the Moraga Town Council in 2004. Held position of mayor 2007 and 2012. Served on Moraga Planning Commission and various local and regional committees and agencies.

Personal background: Married to wife Sharon. Son Scott and daughter Vanessa.

Education: BS in Civil Engineering, University of Pennsylvania. Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Stanford University. Ph.D., Stanford University.

Roger Wykle

Age: 46

Occupation: Engineer/Business Owner

Professional background/occupation/elected history: Retired U.S. Coast Guard commander. President/CEO, Sustainable Group.

Has served on Moraga Planning Commission since 2009. Served on board of directors, San Francisco Post of the Society of American Military Engineers.

Personal background: Married to wife Julie, two children.

Education: MBA, Old Dominion University. MS in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois. BS with honors in civil engineering, U.S. Coast Guard Academy.