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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de BelmontCandidato para Consejo Municipal

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Charles Stone

Councilmember / Business Owner
6,556 votos (26.1%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Preserve and Protect our Neighborhoods and Open Space While Creating Housing on The Transit Corridor
  • Create a Vibrant Downtown and Strong Economy/Rebuild and Repair Aging Infrastructure
  • Prioritize Police, Fire, & Essential City Services/Support Our Senior and Youth Programs



Profesión:Councilmember/Former Mayor/Father/Business Owner
Owner, Charles P. Stone, Esq. (2012–current)
Councilmember, City of Belmont — Cargo elegido (2013–current)
Director, San Mateo County Transit District — Cargo designado (2015–current)
Chair, San Mateo County Transit District — Cargo designado (2018–current)
Chair, San Mateo County Library JPA — Cargo designado (2018–current)
Mayor, City of Belmont — Cargo designado (2017–2017)
Associate Attorney, Roger, Scott & Helmer, LLP (2004–2011)
Law Clerk, San Mateo County District Attorney's Office (2002–2002)


Santa Clara University School of Law J.D., Law (2002)
UC San Diego B.A., Major: Political Science. Minors: Psychology, Law & Society (1997)

Actividades comunitarias

Volunteer Attorney Scorer, San Mateo County High School Mock Trial Program (2004–current)
Volunteer Coach/Referee, Belmont Redwood Shores AYSO (2009–2016)
Volunteer Coach, M&M Basketball (2010–2016)
Board of Directors (Endowment Chair,), School-Force (Belmont Redwood Shores School District Education Foundation) (2012–2013)
Volunteer Coach/Umpire, Belmont Redwood Shores Youth Softball Association (2010–2013)


Charles is a San Mateo County native who moved to Belmont with his wife Jessica and daughter Sophia in 2004. In 2005, they celebrated the arrival of their second daughter, Sara. Like many busy parents balancing careers and family, Charles didn't think he had time to get involved with his local community. However, as Sophia began kindergarten at Nesbit (Go, Pumas!) there was a call for parent library volunteers. Charles' father had volunteered in the local school library when he was a child and Charles felt compelled to continue the family tradition. It was the right thing to do for both his family and his community. Starting school also meant the beginning of local youth sports. Soon, Charles was taking a coaching class through Belmont Redwood Shores American Youth Soccer Organization (BRS-AYSO) and coaching an under-six (U6) softball team. Little did he realize he’d end up coaching/umpiring/refereeing soccer, basketball, and softball for the next seven years. For Charles, coaching was a labor of love. It took a lot of time, but it was the right thing to do.

In 2009, Jessica and Charles found a larger home in Belmont to accommodate their growing family and his elderly parents. When Sophia entered Cipriani Elementary (Cipriani Wildcats Roar with Pride!) Charles became an in-class volunteer and Jessica got involved with the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and the “Art in Action” program. They came to realize that the fabric of the Belmont community was woven by dedicated volunteers and their hard work. As Charles learned more about the school district and civic governance, he got more involved. Despite two demanding jobs and the challenges of caring for their kids and elderly parents, Charles and Jessica knew that “giving back” was the right thing to do.

In 2010, Charles began volunteering with SchoolForce and in 2012, joined its board as Endowment Chair. He became part of a fundraising campaign that raised $2MM - a first for the Belmont Redwood Shores School District.

While satisfied with the school district and its leadership, Charles felt that Belmont’s city leadership could be improved. He was concerned about zoning laws that made it difficult for growing families to make reasonable changes to their homes. He saw a strained relationship between the City Council and the school district. He was frustrated when Notre Dame De Namur (NDNU) did not receive adequate support for increasing the use of their soccer field. He was disappointed when Crystal Springs Uplands School’s request to establish a Belmont campus was denied by the city council. A stifled economy and decaying infrastructure spurred concern about Belmont’s future.

In 2013, Charles began to disagree with decisions made by the city council and the way those decisions were made. There seemed to be too much acrimony and not enough collaboration, compromise and collegiality. Something had to change, and Charles was approached by several community leaders asking him to run for office. A grassroots effort was mounted and Charles was elected to the Belmont City Council in 2013. He’ll never forget that campaign for the hundreds of residents who pitched in and the community leaders who offered advice and guidance.

Throughout his first term, Charles has been honored to work with colleagues like Eric Reed, Warren Lieberman, David Braunstein, Cathy Wright, Douglas Kim, Davina Hurt, and Julia Mates. Together they have moved Belmont forward, and today our economy is thriving and our development projects are sensible and well underway.

While our council, city staff, and community have accomplished a lot, there's still much to do! Let’s continue our good work and enjoy the benefits of our wonderful city by re-electing Charles Stone to Belmont City Council.

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Featured Endorsements

  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Kevin Mullin
  • State Senator Jerry Hill

Organizaciónes (10)

  • Tri County California Apartment Association
  • Carpenters Union Local 217
  • San Mateo County Building Trades Council
  • Teamsters Local 856
  • AFSCME Local 829
  • San Mateo County Association of Realtors
  • San Mateo County Central Labor Council COPE
  • Peninsula Young Democrats
  • San Mateo County Democrats

Funcionarios electos (33)

  • San Bruno Mayor Rico Medina
  • Foster City Councilmember/Former Mayor Charlie Bronitsky
  • Foster City Vice-Mayor Gary Pollard
  • Foster City Mayor Sam Hindi
  • San Mateo County Office of Education Superintendent Anne Campbell
  • David Canepa, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Don Horsley, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Warren Slocum, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
  • Carole Groom, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Vice President
  • San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Vice President Carole Groom
  • San Carlos Councilmember/Former Mayor Mark Olbert
  • San Carlos Councilmember/Former Mayor Cameron Johnson
  • San Carlos Councilmember/Former Mayor Ron Collins
  • San Carlos Mayor Bob Grassilli
  • Redwood City Councilmember/Former Mayor John Seybert
  • Redwood City Councilmember/Former Mayor Jeff Gee
  • Redwood City Councilmember Shelly Masur
  • San Mateo Councilmember Eric Rodriguez
  • San Mateo Councilmember Maureen Freschet
  • San Mateo Councilmember/Former Mayor Joe Goethals
  • San Mateo Deputy Mayor Diane Papan
  • San Mateo Mayor Rick Bonilla
  • Mid Peninsula Water District Board Member
  • BRSSD Trustee Suvarna Bhopale
  • BRSSD Trustee Rahila Passi
  • BRSSD Board of Trustees President Huan Phan
  • Belmont Vice Mayor Davina Hurt
  • Belmont Mayor Doug Kim
  • Assemblymember Evan Low
  • Dave Pine, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, President
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier

Individuos (95)

  • Nelson Corteway, Past President Belmont Heights Civic Improvement Association
  • Pam Frisella, Former Foster City Mayor
  • Foster City Councilmember/Former Mayor Herb Perez
  • Laura Reed
  • Joe Dal Porto
  • David Tognotti
  • Alyse Tognotti
  • Aaliyah Hai
  • Aamer Hai
  • Kathy Meola
  • Gary Durrans
  • Kathleen Durrans
  • Patricia Leggett-Wantz
  • Adam Wantz
  • Matt McMichaels
  • Christina McMichaels
  • Alexis Garcia
  • Rand Wacker
  • Laura Peterhans
  • Tim Barsy
  • Claire Finley
  • Wes Finley
  • Eric Lee
  • Cynthia Badiey
  • Nima Badiey
  • Rika Stock
  • Ethan Stock
  • Elsa Schafer
  • Mike Dunne
  • Kim Dunne
  • Amanda Greco
  • Dennis Fetterly
  • Barbara Fetterly
  • Steve Rianda
  • Tanya Rianda
  • Janet Pepe Davis
  • Debbie Wilhelm
  • Zeljko Zivkovic
  • Nerina Carpenter
  • Andrew Carpenter
  • Marie Violet
  • Drew Healey
  • Eric Manning
  • Dave Laser
  • Erin Laser
  • Ajay Patel
  • Teresa Patel
  • Lesley Andrews
  • Joe Andrews
  • Eric Raffin
  • Angela Raffin
  • Romeo Linares
  • Susan Linares
  • Tiffany Scatena
  • Casey Scatena
  • Alanna Filippi
  • Chuck Cotten
  • Adrienne Tissier, Former San Mateo County Supervisor
  • Herman Man
  • Yvonne Man
  • Richard Sim
  • Erika Sim
  • Martha Simmons
  • April Northrup
  • Jim Howard
  • Pam Clarke
  • Paige Perez
  • Steve Kelley
  • Michelle Kelley
  • Michael Jung
  • Nancy Jung
  • Faith Veschow
  • Cari Pang-Chen
  • Gina Latimerlo
  • Clarissa Naftzger
  • Tim Hoffman
  • Anne Hoffman
  • Jeffrey Selman
  • Cheryl Selman
  • John Garish
  • Wendy Garish
  • Robin Pang-Maganaris
  • Jaime Dal Porto
  • Ulla Foehr
  • Ardythe Andrews
  • Annette Robinson
  • Marit Parten
  • Former BRSSD Board of Trustees President Chuck Velschow
  • Former BRSSD Board of Trustees President, Brian Matthews
  • Former Belmont Councilmember Dave Bauer
  • Former Belmont Councilmember Paul Wright
  • Former Belmont Councilmember/BRSSD Trustee Cathy Wright
  • Former Belmont Mayor David Braunstein
  • Jessica Stone

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

In 2013, I was elected to the Belmont City Council and in 2017, I was honored to serve as mayor. In addition to my work over the past four years on the City/Schools 2x2x2 Committee, Senior Advisory Committee, Infrastructure Committee, and Zoning Ordinance Subcommittee, I chair both the San Mateo County Transit District and the San Mateo County Library JPA Boards. I am also a member of the Caltrain Joint Powers Board and the Peninsula Clean Energy Board.

My wife, two daughters, and I have lived in Belmont since 2004. Prior to running for City Council, I served as the Endowment Chair on the School-Force Board of Directors and as a volunteer coach for Belmont-Redwood Shores AYSO, Belmont-Redwood Shores Youth Softball Association, and M&M Sports. I graduated from Hillsdale High School, received my bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego and attained my law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. I have been a practicing attorney since 2003 and have run my own law practice in Belmont since 2012.

For the past four years I have enjoyed serving with councilmembers who value civility in local government and have shown how collaboration, consideration, and cooperation produce progress. We are experiencing smart and measured growth along the transit corridor and the right-sizing of single family home zoning has allowed families to make reasonable home improvements. Our infrastructure is being upgraded and we will improve half the roads in Belmont within five years. Our economy has been strengthened by the addition of new restaurants, new hotels, a revenue-producing digital sign, Crystal Springs Uplands Middle School (which contributes $250,000.00 per year in city revenue,) and the remodeled Autobahn Motors. Several years of hard work and partnership with our commissioners and constituents has resulted in the creation of the Belmont Village Specific Plan, a roadmap for the private sector to help build the downtown that Belmont residents deserve. Recreation opportunities are expanding with all-weather turf soon to be installed at the Sports Complex, a brand new Davey Glen Park, community use of the CSUS field, and planned improvements to O’Donnell Park.

Belmont continues to be an incredibly safe place to live, work, and play thanks to the women and men of the Belmont Police and Fire Departments. It is a privilege to serve you on City Council. I respectfully ask for your vote so that I can continue working hard to make Belmont the community we all enjoy and deserve. 

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