By Jeb Bing
Supporters endorse Thorne for re-election as mayorUploaded: Jul 18, 2018
Chris Miller (left in picture) joined Mayor Jerry Thorne Monday to sign nomination papers for the mayor, who is seeking re-election to his fourth (and final) term of office on Nov. 6.
Miller, co-founder of the Pleasanton Military Families organization and a former Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam, was among a house-full of Thorne supporters at the event, held in the home of Bob and Joyce Shapiro on Kottinger Drive.
As with all candidates, Thorne needed the signatures of at least 25 registered voters who live in Pleasanton before he could officially file for the election.
Thorne was first elected to the City Council in a special election June 7, 2005, and then re-elected by wide margins in November 2006 and again in 2010. In 2012, he was elected mayor, a position that in Pleasanton is limited to a total of eight years with the mayor facing voters for re-election every two years. Re-elected in 2014 and again two years ago, Thorne, if re-elected, will be termed out in 2020.
Thorne said he has put his 40 years of business experience to work as mayor to bring fiscal sustainability and pension reform to Pleasanton.
"I've been and will continue to be your mayor all day, every day," he said. "I have no other job priorities that will get in the way of being your full-time mayor."
He cited as major achievements the ongoing financial success of Pleasanton, which closed the last fiscal year with a surplus of more than $6.5 million, spending less than budgeted and gaining $115.7 million in revenue overall, primarily from higher property and sales tax receipts. He said that was the result of "vision, discipline and planning."
During his current term in office, the city's unemployment rate dropped to "an exceptionally low 2%," with commercial and industrial vacancies at 6% and 2%, respectively.
"The good news is that we're almost 'full up at the inn,' so to speak, in commercial space," Thorne said. "But the bad news is that we have limited places for new companies or those that may be looking to expand."
So, in his final two years, Thorne plans to focus on finding ways to expand Pleasanton's vibrant and growing life sciences sector by bringing together the leaders of medical, biotechnology and device firms now here.
"We want to make sure we are meeting their needs and to grow this vitally important industry cluster," Thorne told his supporters.