2018 Election: Filseth, DuBois Re-Elected, Cormack Wins First Election
City Councilmembers Eric Filseth and Tom DuBois were re-elected to second terms on the City Council, and newcomer Alison Cormack was elected for an initial term in the Nov. 6 election. Filseth and DuBois were first elected in 2014. Starting in 2019, the Council will shrink from the current nine members to seven with Councilmembers Greg Scharff and Karen Holman termed out after two consecutive stints on the Council. Councilmember Cory Wolbach was not re-elected.
Filseth has served as Vice Mayor for the past year and has been a member of the Finance Committee for three years, serving as chair in 2016-2017. He has also served on the Council Rail Committee, City/Schools Committee, as well as the Council Appointed Officers committee. Filseth has focused on addressing the City’s pension obligations.
DuBois chaired the Council’s Policy and Services committee in 2016 and has also served on the Rail Committee, and as a member of the Recycled Water Advisory Committee.
Cormack, who previously held senior positions with Hewlett Packard and Google, worked on the successful passage of the 2008 library bond campaign.
In another local race, current Councilmember Karen Holman was elected to the Ward 5 seat on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District boards of directors over Councilmember Greg Scharff. The seat covers Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, portions of Menlo Park and Stanford.
Measure E, which raises the City’s Transient Occupancy Tax or TOT from the current 14% to 15.5%, passed with an overall support of 67.85%. The TOT will be used to fill a gap in the funding for the City’s nine-project infrastructure plan that includes projects such as new fire stations, the public safety building and the 101 bike and pedestrian bridge. In 2014, voters approved an increase of the TOT from 12% to 14$ to fund the plan. Since then, construction costs have skyrocketed, and projects have changed in scope resulting in a funding gap.
Measure F, called the "Palo Alto Accountable and Affordable Health Care Initiative," would have capped how much local health care providers can charge for medical care, but the measure was defeated with 77.03% of voters against the measure. The ballot measure’s sponsor, SEIU-UHW, asserted that the measure was needed to curb Stanford Health System's high costs. If passed, the City would have been responsible for regulating the new provisions.
You can find all the local and statewide election results on the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters site here.
Last Updated: November 7, 2018