Cecily Harris defeats incumbent for MRSOD board

Posted by on Wed, November 5, 2008

Cecily Harris, from her campaign site.
Vote Count Percentage
CECILY HARRIS 15,095 59.5%
KENNETH C. NITZ 10,256 40.5%


MROSD has issued a press press release with some details:

Cecily Harris was elected to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Board of Directors by voters last night over incumbent Kenneth C. Nitz. Harris earned 59.5 percent of the vote from the constituents in El Granada, Half Moon Bay, Montara, Moss Beach, Redwood City, San Carlos and Woodside. The District’s Board of Directors will adopt a resolution certifying her election at their Dec. 10 meeting. Nitz earned 40.5 percent of the votes. [...]

The District is divided into seven geographic wards each represented by a board member elected to a four-year term. Nitz was elected to represent ward seven on the District’s board in 1996. He completed three consecutive terms, running unopposed in 2000 and 2004.

Harris, a San Carlos resident, became the first opponent to challenge Nitz’s board seat. She is a Financial Services Manager with the San Mateo County Parks Department and served for nine years as a San Carlos Parks and Recreation Commissioner. Issues she is interested in include single and multiple use trails, interpretive programs, and natural resource protection.

Comment 1
Thu, November 6, 2008 10:56am
Todd McGee
All my comments

In the very small world of MROSD elections I think this is pretty big and pretty good news. I’m not entirely sure but I *think* this is the first time that an incumbent MROSD Board member has been beaten in an election.  Some people in the mountain biking community have high hopes that Cecily will be more open-minded toward multiple use than some of the past Board members have been.