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Menlo Park councilman to run for state Assembly

Peter Ohtaki seeks District 24 seat held by Rich Gordon

Menlo Park Councilman Peter Ohtaki has announced plans to run in 2016 for the District 24 California Assembly seat currently held by Rich Gordon.

Among others who have announced they will run for the seat are: Mike Kasperzak, a 14-year Mountain View councilman; Marc Berman, development director at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and a Palo Alto councilman; Vicki Veenker, an intellectual property attorney and president of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley; and Barry Chang, current mayor of Cupertino.

Ohtaki said he will be running to support local, rather than state control, promote entrepreneur- and tech-friendly state policies and urge fiscal responsibility, according to his campaign website.

His term on the Menlo Park City Council expires in November 2018.

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Posted by Sea Reddy
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 14, 2016 at 2:14 am

I am a candidate for the 24th Assembly district.
I have filed all the required material.
I am for Integrity, Innovation and Inclusion. No Campaign donations.

We live in beautiful communities and we need to work to help on a few important things.

- reduce airplane noise
- uplift wages $15-20/hour so we can afford to pay high rents
- lower business regulations that are not needed to help businesses
- work to reduce traffic
- No high speed rail; work to improve caltran
- Maintain quality of life and slow or no growth
- work with tech businesses to invest in residential projects
- seek your ideas


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Posted by Air
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 14, 2016 at 7:36 am

Hey "Sea." It is great you have a platform but what are your other qualifications? I see on Ohtaki's Assembly campaign website that he claims to have headed up a "start up" and a "non-profit." What happened to those businesses? What does Ohtaki do - other than rubber-stamp the plans and salaries and benefits of bureaucrats as a part-time member of the Menlo Park City Council?

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