The differencea cool $250k that it will cost Pleasanton for the mail-in election. And the election by mail was substantially less expensive than a traditional polling place election.
What's intriguing about this race is three of the four were not publically involved in the council race in November. Planning Commissioner Kathy Narum ran Mayor Thorne's campaign last fall and has enlisted a number of public officials in her campaign.
She's joined by David Miller, an out-spoken critic of the city's progress in pension reform, and a self-identified Tea Party member. Miller directs a software program for a Silicon Valley company.
The other two candidates are business people Mark Hamilton, the direction of financial services at ADP in Pleasanton, and Olivia Sanwong, a market research analyst and former member of the Amador Valley High comp civics team. Both hold master's degrees.
Looking at credentials, it looks like a strong field for one seat. It will be one of those elections that residents have a positive decision among good candidates for the council seat.
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