With Democrats controlling state elective offices in the East Bay and in registrations, political analysts don't see a third candidate gaining on Stark and Swalwell. It'll be a one-party choice pitting one Democrat against another. Americans tend to decry one-party rule in other countries; now we have it here and we voted for it. At least a political party will make a difference when we vote in the presidential primary, even if there's only one top contender on each ticket.
Fortunately for those of us who still appreciate a choice of different political views at the ballot box, Pleasanton will have what looks like a feisty race for mayor and possibly for open seats on the City Council. Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and council members Cindy McGovern and Matt Sullivan are termed out, although both McGovern and Sullivan could run for mayor if they choose. So far, council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne have announced their intentions to seek the mayor's post and have filed paperwork with the City Clerk, enabling them to start accepting campaign donations. They also redesignated the funds remaining from their campaigns two years ago for council for this year's mayoral campaigns. Planning Commissioner Jennifer Pearce also has completed the initial paperwork to run for City Council although actual filing for any of the municipal races doesn't start until July 16.
Three school board seats are also up for election Nov. 6, with the four-year terms of Chris Grant, Valerie Arkin and Jamie Hintzke expiring. Unlike the positions for mayor and City Council, there are no term limits for serving on the school board. Those on the board can run again, and again.
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