By Aaron Kinney
Thursday, July 26th, 2007 at 4:31 pm in Uncategorized.
Seven candidates have taken out papers for the City Council race in Foster City, where two council members are up for re-election and a third, Mayor Ron Cox, is being termed out.
Councilwoman Linda Koelling and Councilman Rick Wykoff have filed their nomination papers already as part of their re-election bids. They’re joined by Art Kiesel, a member of the city Planning Commission, and Marcia Cohn-Lyle, a member of the San Mateo Union High School District’s Board of Trustees.
Those four are joined by three candidates who have not yet returned their nomination papers: Patrick McKinnie, a group home counselor; Huijun Ring, a biotechnology manager who holds a PhD in medical genetics; and Stanley Roberts, a television journalist with KRON-4.
Roberts ran for City Council in the 2005 race, coming in fourth out of five candidates with 10.3 percent of the vote. McKinnie, 26, was born and raised in Foster City. He says the City Council has “lost its focus” and doesn’t cater to the needs of residents. Ring supports the inclusion of a public charter high school in the city’s development of 15 acres next to the government center.
Despite the quantity of candidates, the 2007 campaign has been quiet so far. If silence equals inactivity, that could spell trouble for the challengers, said Councilman John Kiramis, who won a slot on the council by coming second in the 2005 election with 27.7 percent of the vote.
“I would have started campaigning in April,” said Kiramis, who made it his mission to knock on the door of nearly every home in Foster City, which had 7,145 owner-occupied housing units in the 2000 census.
Kiramis decided to aim for 6,500 homes. To reach them all, he divided that figure by the number of days left in the campaign. He said he wound up visiting about 85 homes a day, working close to seven days a week.
Kiramis said anyone with the time and dedication to attempt his feat should plan to knock on his or her last door by early October in order to reach voters filing absentee ballots.