Arne Olson, a former Pleasanton Planning Commission who recently retired as an executive with Comerica Bank, announced Wednesday that he will seek election to the City Council in November.
Local politicians had been urging Olson to run for one of two open seats on the council in the Nov. 4 municipal election. He told a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors, where he's also a member, that he has agreed to enter the race.
"Over the last several months a number of people have approached me asking me to run," Olson said. "I love Pleasanton and after eight years on the Planning Commission I think I can continue to make a positive contribution to the welfare of our city."
City Councilwoman Kathy Narum, who was elected in a special mail-in vote in May, 2013 to fill the council seat vacated by Jerry Thorne when he was elected mayor in November 2012, has also announced that she will seek election to a full four-year term in the council.
A second seat will open in November with the departure of Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio, whose eight-year term expires then.
Olson stepped down from the Planning Commission May 14 after his eight-year term also expired.
He said a few weeks later that he was considering a run for the council, but wanted to complete a move with his wife into a new home in the gated adult community in the Ironwood community on Busch Road before making a decision.