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 last week.
But the candidates, themselves, weren't there.
Down the street, State Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) also had a 1st Wednesday booth promoting her candidacy for the 15th Congressional District, and she was there telling voters why they should elect her instead of casting their votes for Swalwell.
Also walking downtown streets during the event was Pleasanton school board member 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.
Supporters of Republican candidate for governor Tim Donnelly staffed another candidate booth, but, like at the Sbranti/Swalwell booth, the candidate was absent.
Surprisingly, with the California primary just a little over three weeks away on 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.
Usually, political candidates appear at 1st Wednesday street parties in advance of an election to shake hands and ask voters for their support.