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Opinion - May 17, 2013

Pleasanton gets it right

Kathy Narum resigned from the Pleasanton Planning Commission last week after five years as a member and after winning election May 7 to a seat on the City Council in a robust, hard-fought campaign among the four candidates. The election, with a healthy 28% turnout in an off-year race that was conducted by mail only, showed the continued insistence by Pleasanton voters that experience counts. With few exceptions over the years, voters have elected to the council candidates who have been active in city, civic and community affairs. In Narum's case, she brought to the election not only five years on the Planning Commission but also an earlier five years on the city's Parks and Recreation Commission and even more years as a board member of the championship Pleasanton Seahawks swimming organization, where she also served as its president. Her opponents in this month's council race were David Miller, Olivia Sanwong and Mark Hamilton. Except for Sanwong's recent months of service on two city committees, none had the background and experience in public service to match Narum's.

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