Saratoga prepares for council elections October 9, 2014 — by Neehar Thumaty and Miles Albert FALCON ONLINE - OCTOBER 9TH 2014
The city of Saratoga will be holding elections for three four-year term positions on the City Council this November.
The five candidates include former mayor Emily Lo, resident John Chen, Planning Commission member Mary-Lynne Bernald, community volunteer Rishi Kumar and Saratoga parent Yan Zhao.
These positions entail serving on and reviewing committees and agencies and representing the city, among other responsibilities.
Voting takes place on Nov. 4, and vote-by-mail ballots have already been sent out.
Each candidate has posted signs around town and is running a campaign.
“There are five of us running in this race, and each of us bring our own merit and the best of intentions to the table,” said Kumar.
According to Kumar, his previous involvement volunteering in the community prompted his venture into local politics.
“I had caught the volunteering bug,” Kumar joked. “Working with our community [and] solving its challenges and issues truly energizes me, and I hope to continue doing that as Saratoga’s worker bee on the city council.”
Kumar said that he wants to use his vision, energy and leadership to benefit the community, but also plans to listen to the ideas of citizens.
“[I hope to] to continue making the right choices, and teaming with our citizens, listening to them, bringing our energy, dedication and volunteering passion,” Kumar said.
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To all my friends, supporters, neighbors, community members/leader - I truly appreciate you being part of this journey. I couldn't do this without you. Thank you for your support! - Rishi Kumar