Supporters of June 3 primary candidates Congressman Eric Swalwell and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti for State Assembly staffed one of few political booths at Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday street party this week.
Swalwell (D-Dublin) and Assembly candidate Tim Sbranti, mayor of Dublin, shared a booth at the south end of Main Street, although the candidates, themselves, were not there.
Also at 1st Wednesday was Jeff Bowser, candidate for the office of Alameda County Superintendent of Schools in the June 3 primary. His four opponents for the position did not participate in the Pleasanton event.
, joins booster and former Pleasanton Mayor Frank Brandes at 1st Wednesday street party. Photo by Jeb Bing.
The 1st Wednesday street parties kicked off their summer run in downtown Pleasanton this week but with smaller-than-usual crowds despite the festive Cinco de Mayo theme and with only a few candidates in the June 3 primary bothering to show up.
Attendance figures are not yet available, but it was clear from the thin numbers of participants and fewer vendors that either the cool, breezy evening temperatures or the shutdown of the popular Beer Garden affected the event.
Still, those who were there were having fun with an assortment of booths offering back massages, facial treatments, insurance and travel opportunities lining Main Street.
Only a few growers offered produce at a modified Farmers Market, but Angela Street was filled with art at ArtBlock, where artists and artisans displayed their works.
The Beer Garden was gone, replaced by a new alcohol-free, family-focused "Entertainment Garden" with the same large sitting area and music for dancing and listening, but few were there compared to the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds that jammed the Beer Garden last year.
Surprisingly, with the California primary June 3, few candidates took the opportunity to host pre-election booths at 1st Wednesday, which was the last event before the election. The next 1st Wednesday will be June 4, after the polls have closed.
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) and Assembly candidate Tim Sbranti, mayor of Dublin, shared a booth at the south end of Main Street, although the candidates, themselves, were not there.
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