With the election less than two months away, candidate lists are set for federal, state and local positions to be contested during the June 3 primary.
State election officials last week certified the catalog of hopefuls who qualified for the June ballot in a variety of races in districts that cover Pleasanton, including the U.S. House of Representatives, State Assembly and Alameda County posts.
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) faces foes from both major political parties in the race to represent the 15th Congressional District, which includes Pleasanton. Swalwell, a 33-year-old former Dublin City Councilman, is seeking his second term in Congress.
Democratic State Sen. Ellen M. Corbett, who lives in Hayward, is running to unseat Swalwell. Corbett, who represents the 10th Senatorial District, is being termed out of the State Senate this year.
Hugh Bussell, a Livermore resident and technology manager/educator, was the lone Republican to file for the 15th Congressional District seat. Bussell is vice chair of the Alameda County Republican Party.
Four people are running to represent Pleasanton and the rest of the 16th district in the California State Assembly. Incumbent Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) has reached her term limit.
Three of the candidates are Democrats from councils within the district: Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer and Danville Town Councilman Newell Arnerich.
Attorney Catharine Baker is the only Republican in the race. Baker works for the law firm Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, which has an office in Pleasanton.
The Assembly district also includes the communities of Livermore, San Ramon, Lafayette, Moraga and Walnut Creek.
Several elected county officials are running unopposed in their bids for another term. They include Sheriff-Coroner Gregory J. Ahern, District Attorney Nancy E. O'Malley, Treasurer-Tax Collector Donald R. White and Assessor Ron Thomsen.
The most crowded county-wide contest is the one to fill the seat of retiring Superintendent of Schools Sheila Jordan.
Pleasanton school board member Jeff Bowser is one of five candidates for the post. Also running are Naomi Eason (executive director of the nonprofit Building Educated Leaders for Life), San Lorenzo school board member Helen K. Foster, Alameda County associate superintendent Karen Monroe and San Leandro City Councilwoman Ursula Reed.
Two people have filed for the race to become the county's newest auditor-controller/clerk-recorder: business executive Kathleen Knox and chief deputy auditor Steve Manning. Incumbent Patrick O'Connell, who was first elected in 1986, chose not to seek another term this year.
Pleasanton residents will also get to vote for four at-large positions on the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors. The candidates are incumbents John Greci, AJ Machaevich, Sarah Palmer and Bill Stevens, and challengers Alfred A. Exner (a senior financial analyst), Jim McGrail (a vintner and attorney) and Matt Morrison, who did not list a profession.
For more election information, visit the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office website.