The Pleasanton Council Candidate's financial reports tell us a lot about the candidates. Jerry Thorne and Cheryl Cook-Kallio received $12,000 to $13,000 in funds during the last reporting period, while their challengers had not yet collected anything. The most telling information is who the donors were: the attorney representing the Lins who have repeatedly filed lawsuits against the city of Pleasanton to force their development upon us, and developers and developer-interested parties.
Their challenger, Karla Brown, is a grassroots candidate who was co-chair of the committee to defeat of the Lins' Oak Grove development. She is receiving support and funds from the residents of Pleasanton. She is the candidate that you can count on to represent your interests as a citizen of Pleasanton. The mayor of Pleasanton had a large campaign fund from which she paid out $5,000 to a campaign consultant. She may put out some slick mailers, but don't be fooled. Her challenger, Cindy McGovern, is the citizens' candidate. She voted against the Lins' Oak Grove development from the beginning and has consistently represented the interests of the residents of Pleasanton as a councilperson. Let's stand up for our interests as residents of this beautiful city and support the citizens' candidates, Cindy McGovern for mayor and Karla Brown for City Council.