This general election, the Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online has brought back a voter guide that offers key takeaways for each race and measure, plus comprehensive candidate profiles, debate summaries and in-depth videos, in an effort to ease the decision-making process for local residents.
Your completed ballots can be submitted at drop-off locations through Election Day, The following locations will be open for in-person voting from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8: Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road; Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road; Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road;Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road; Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real; Stanford University's Tresidder Center, 459 Lagunita Drive; and Ventura Community Center, 3990 Ventura Court. For more information on voting, read our roundup.
For detailed coverage on state races and propositions, check out CalMatters' voter guide.
We'll continue to fill this page with more content ahead of Nov. 8. Come back to Palo Alto Online on election night for results, analysis and reactions as they become available.
Palo Alto City Council, local measures
Who's running? Residents have seven candidates to pick from — and none are incumbents. Three currently serve on city advisory boards: Utilities Advisory Commissioner Lisa Forssell and planning commissioners Ed Lauing and Doria Summa. The other four come from various backgrounds: Realtor Alex Comsa, software engineer Brian Hamachek, former Stanford University dean Julie Lythcott-Haims and patent attorney Vicki Veenker. Learn more about the candidates and view our editorial board's endorsements.
How many seats are up for grabs? Three. Watch them face off at our debate, learn where they stand when it comes to the rail crossings, housing and Cubberley Community Center's future, among many issues. Also, find out how much the candidates have raised for their respective campaigns.
What city measures are on the ballot? Two. Measure K would establish Palo Alto's first business tax to support affordable housing, rail improvement and public safety. It would be based on square footage starting at 10,000 square feet and exempt small businesses. View our editorial board's endorsement, as well as a guest opinion that supports the measure.
Measure L seeks to affirm the city's practice of using gas revenues to pay for basic services, such as maintaining parks and libraries. It's coming to voters following a 2020 ruling that found the transfers amounted to an illegal tax. View our editorial board's endorsement, as well as guest opinions that support and oppose the measure.
Palo Alto Board of Education
Who's running? Incumbent Shounak Dharap is pursuing a second term. There are also three newcomers: Businessperson Ingrid Campos, lawyer Nicole Chiu-Wang and school consultant Shana Segal. Learn more about the candidates and view our editorial board's endorsements.
How many seats are up for grabs? Two. Watch them face off at our debate, learn where they stand when it comes to the student achievement, mental health among students and Cubberley Community Center's future, among many education issues. Also, find out how much the candidates have raised for their respective campaigns.
East Palo Alto City Council, local measure
Who's running? Mayor Ruben Abrica is looking to retain his seat. The race also includes two current city commissioners: Mark Dinan (public works) and Q Smith (planning). Also running are coach Jeffrey Austin, teacher Martha Barragan, scientist Webster Lincoln and small business owner Gail Wilkerson. Learn more about the candidates.
How many seats are up for grabs? Two. Watch them face off at our debate. Here's more on their qualifications and top concerns. Find out how much the candidates have raised for their respective campaigns.
What city measure is on the ballot? One. Measure L would raise the existing business tax of 1.5% on a residential landlord's gross receipts to 2.5%. The funds would support general government work, such as affordable housing and protecting residents from displacement and homelessness.
Santa Clara County sheriff
Who's running? It's a showdown between former Palo Alto police Chief Robert Jonsen and retired sheriff's Capt. Kevin Jensen, who were the top two vote-getters in the June primary. Learn more about the candidates and find out how much the candidates have raised for their respective campaigns. View our editorial board's endorsement.
Who are they trying to succeed? Whoever wins in November will replace Laurie Smith, who on Nov. 3 was found guilty of willful misconduct and corruption. She resigned on Oct. 31 after nearly 25 years in office. Watch them face off at our debate and learn how they'd address jails and staffing.
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Who's running? Incumbent Gary Kreman is facing a challenge from Rebecca Eisenberg, a Palo Alto attorney, for the District 7 seat on the board of directors. Learn more about the candidates and find out how much the candidates have raised for their respective campaigns.
Ravenswood City School District board of trustees
Who's running? Incumbent Tamara Sobomehin is going for another term, as well as Mele Latu, who was appointed in December 2020 to fill a vacant seat following the resignation of Stephanie Fitch. The candidate pool also includes aerospace engineer Manuel López and educator Laura Nunez. Learn more about the candidates.
How many seats are up for grabs? Three.
Menlo Park Fire Protection District board of directors
Who's running? Current board President Chuck Bernstein, retired CEO Gary Bloom, incumbent Robert Jones and software engineer Dionis Papavramidis. Learn more about the candidates.
How many seats are up for grabs? Three.
Our editorial board has released its list of endorsements for the races and measures facing voters this fall:
• U.S. Congress: Anna Eshoo (incumbent)
• State Assembly: Marc Berman (incumbent)
• Palo Alto City Council: Vicki Veenker, Ed Lauing and Julie Lythcott-Haims
• Palo Alto Board of Education: Shounak Dharap and Shana Segal
• Santa Clara County sheriff: Kevin Jensen
Use our playlist to rewatch debates and one-on-one interviews with local candidates: