Race for Palo Alto City Council under way

The Palo Alto City Council election is still months away, but the race for five seats is already heating up.

This week, Midtown resident Tom Dubois announced his candidacy. Mayor Nancy Shepherd also issued a formal statement that she will run again and Councilman Greg Scharff told The Daily News he plans to do the same.

They join Claude Ezran, a two-term Human Relation Commission member who announced his candidacy on May 27.

The council will welcome at least two new members, with Councilman Larry Klein termed out and Councilwoman Gail Price uninterested in a second term. It remained unclear Friday whether Councilwoman Karen Holman will run again. She could not be reached for comment.

In interviews this week, Dubois and Ezran told The Daily News they would focus on reforming the city's controversial planned community zoning if elected to the nine-member council. The zoning allows developers to build bigger projects in exchange for public benefits.

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