The Alameda County Democratic Party has endorsed Olivia Sanwong for election to the Pleasanton City Council in the vote-by-mail race that ends on the official Election Day May 7.
A notice about the endorsement was sent to unionized members of the Pleasanton Chapter of the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Wednesday, which also urged their support of Sanwong's candidacy.
The email was sent to all "Employees Classified" from Lisa Lorentz, executive secretary of Tri-Valley Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), a consortium of participating school districts, which has its offices at the Pleasanton school district headquarters.
Lorentz stated: "It's official. The Alameda Labor Council has endorsed Olivia Sanwong for Pleasanton City Council. The election will be "mail only" ballot and ballots have already been mailed to city residents. Ballots must be returned by May 7, 2013."
"We need to help in getting her elected," Lorentz added in her email. "CSEA will be making calls to members to encourage voting."
A posting on the Alameda County Democratic Party Central Committee's Web site by Craig Cheslog, who identified himself as a principal advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, reported that a "major item" on the Central Committee's agenda at a recent meeting was the decision to endorse Sanwong.
"Olivia had a chance to introduce herself, explain her background, and discuss some of her campaign priorities," Cheslog wrote. "She also noted the need to ensure more Democrats are running for that office in the near future or the GOP could take complete control."
"That's among the reasons one of my priorities is building the bench of Democrats ready to run and win elected office in our region," Cheslog added. "We can't wait until the last minute to identify great candidates to run for these important seats."