Over a thousand dollars to file with a candidate statement is a deterrent to many people. Still the fact that we have two open seats lets candidates feel they have a fair chance.
To file to run for school board for PUSD is free but the candidate must pay the cost of the candidate statement $1057. Without the statement a name will appear but nothing else giving a great disadvantage.
Many school districts pay the full cost of the candidate's statement Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, and Fremont districts all pay the full amount. Livermore requires a $500 deposit they then pay the remainder, Castro Valley requires the full amount of $906. The amount is dependent on the number of registered voters and rangers from $465 to Pleasanton at $1057 which is the highest.
The City of Pleasanton requires $25 to file, $255 for the candidate statement to run for council or mayor.
It cost more than four times as much to run for School Trustee than to run for Mayor.