Greer Stone makes another bid for council

Greer Stone

By the Daily Post staff

Community activist, human rights advocate, teacher and attorney Greer Stone announced today he is running for City Council, his second bid for council in four years.

He has support from current councilmen Eric Filseth and Tom Dubois, who are apart of the slow-growth bloc on council.

His backers also include former mayor and current Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board President Karen Holman, former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, former councilwoman Enid Pearson, and community leaders including Sheri Furman, Elaine Anderson, Terry Holzemer and Neilson Buchanan.

In 2016, he ran for council in an 11-candidate field for four seats. He came in seventh with 7,376 votes. The four winners all had more than 12,000 votes each.

Stone is the sixth candidate to announce for council this fall. Four seats are up for grabs. Former mayor and eight-year councilman Pat Burt jumped into the race last week. Incumbent Lydia Kou has announced she is running for re-election. Also running are planning commissioners Ed Lauing and Cari Templeton. Another candidate is attorney Rebecca Eisenberg. Councilwoman Liz Kniss is termed out and can’t run again. Greg Tanaka and Adrian Fine have not said if they’re running for re-election.

Stone is the student activities director at Palo Alto High School and teaches U.S. history at Gunn High School. He previously taught social studies at J.L.S. Middle School (now Green Middle School).

Stone and his wife, Adriana, are both teachers and rent an apartment in Midtown.

Stone, who describes himself as a passionate human rights activist, represents Palo Alto and the rest of North County as the vice-chair of the Santa Clara County Human Rights Commission where he also chairs the Justice Review Committee. He is currently working on the Racial Justice Adhoc Committee to recommend police reform initiatives to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Previously, Stone served as the chair of the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission. He also chairs the Midtown Residents Association, the city’s largest neighborhood group.

He said that if elected he will focus on these issues:

• affordable housing production;

• traffic mitigation;

• economic recovery, and

• creating a closer government-community partnership.


  1. This is good news for Palo Altans to have a candidate with knowledge and experinence about the ongoing issues of addressing race an equity that our city will continue to act on.

    That he is a south Palo Alto renter will be unique on city council, and as the President of the Midtown Residents Neighborhood Assoc is even better. He will be in tune with the nearly half of town residents who don’t own homes, and also in tune with neighboorhood issues.

    And how long has it been since we had a teacher (and Activity Director)on the council? And at such a critical time with what will be ongoing effects of the covid crisis. He can be a bridge to PAUSD, better bringing its perspective to our elected officials.

    Two times is the charm for election, as it has been for so many other candidates. We need this guy with his perspective making our decisions.

  2. I’m glad Mr. Stone is running for council again. His ideas and platforms put the people of Palo Alto first. He is directly involved within the city’s community by teaching our youth and at a larger level being in the county’s Human Rights Commission. I hope he is successful and wins a seat in this year’s election!

  3. I’m really excited to see Mr. Stone running for city council. He is my teacher and he has always been a great role model for me and my peers. The main reason I’m so excited because he has the unique ability to listen to students, and I know this will translate to Mr. Stone being extremely responsive to his constituents. Mr. Stone is definitely the right person to elect to city council and I am excited to vote for him!

  4. I third the opinions above!!!
    Greer will represent the people and interests of Palo Alto well with dignity and fair mindedness.
    We are lucky that he wants to continue his pattern of service to the community that he has already firmly established.

    A proven winner!

  5. Greer is committed to standing up for what the people of Palo Alto both want and need. I am confident that he will act in the people’s best interest and listen to what the community needs.

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