This November’s election was a pilot test of an entirely vote by mail system designed to make voting easier and to encourage greater participation. The county estimated voter turnout was 29.5 percent, up 4.1 percent from the last comparable election in 2013. It reportedly went smoothly. We are pleased to see an increase but what does it say about local involvement when only approximately 30% of County voters participate.
The total number of COWs counted in the 2010 census was 5,287 at the 2010 census. As of December 31, 2013, Woodside had 3,869 registered voters. It looks like approximately 1,300 COWs voted. This election will result in a significant change in the Council.
Most interestingly and unusual, in District 3 Thomas Shanahan is stepping down. His replacement will be Chris Shaw, a write in candidate who beat Nancy Reyering who sits on ASRB and Open Space. We think this shows the dissatisfaction with these committees.
In District 1, Daniel Yost will replace Ron Romines. He ran unopposed.
District 5, ASRB member and former Planning Commissioner Tom Livermore replaces from David Burow, He also ran unopposed.
In District 7, incumbent Peter Mason also ran unopposed.
COW congratulates and welcomes our new COWcil members. We hope they will bring new ideas and solutions to the issues concerning COWS including the structure and composition of the COWmittees.
COW also thanks Ron Romines, Dave Burrow and Tom Shanahan for their service. We have not always agreed with them but we appreciate the time and dedication it takes to serve our COWmunity.