School Board Candidates Race to the Finish

With voters taking to the booths today to cast their ballot for candidates vying for two seats on the Mill Valley School District board, trio remains in campaign mode.

All on the board head into today’s election with largely the same state of mind: cautiously optimistic but ready to stay in campaign mode until the end.

Both Leslie Wachtel and Bob Jacobs were out with their supporters Monday evening, waving signs at the city’s major intersections, and Wachtel hosted phone banks with supporters at her home Monday and Tuesday night. Clifford Waldeck, meanwhile, juggled his day-job responsibilities at Give Something Back with his own phone bank efforts.

“Having a full-time job kind of precludes somebody from full-time campaigning so I’m trying to strike that balance,” Waldeck said, noting that he’s be spending part of his day Tuesday at a parent-teacher conference for his daughter Carly, a Park School first grader. “But I’m cautiously optimistic.”

Having secured endorsements from some-600 local residents, Wachtel said she continued to focus on get-out-the-vote efforts, as early voting in the race has been light, she said. Wachtel waved campaign signs with supporters in front of the Redwoods at Camino Alto and Miller Avenue.

“I’m hopeful but you can never really know until the votes come in,” she said. “I’m optimistic and I’m excited about getting the chance to do this job.”

Jacobs, who taught science at  for 19 years, said he was drawing on his huge network of former students.

“It’s very tough but I really feel very confident at this point,” he said. “And there are some funny indicators that give me reason to be optimistic.”

Jacobs, who waved campaign signs with a small group of supporters at East Blithedale and Camino Alto late Monday, said he’s had several former students reach out to him, including one now living in Paris and one in the Cayman Islands, who said they’ve garnered votes for him from Mill Valley residents.

“This is becoming an international effort of sorts,” he said.

The 411: Polls are open Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit the Marin County Registrar of Voters’ website to find your polling place.



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