Cook-Kallio files for re-election to City Council

Karla Brown, Thorne, Watson also in the Nov. 2 race with 2 seats available

Councilwoman and Fremont high school teacher Cheryl Cook-Kallio filed her candidate papers this week to seek re-election to a second four-year term on the Pleasanton City Council.

She joins fellow Councilman Jerry Thorne in seeking a second term on the council where both were elected in 2006.

Two others are also seeking one of the two council seats to become available this year. They are Karla Brown, a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty and president of the Kottinger Ranch Homeowners Association, and Fred Watson, a manager with Open Heart Kitchen.

In filing for re=election, Cook-Kallio said: "Pleasanton was recently recognized as one of the top 100 small cities in the nation, confirming how fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful place."

Speaking to constituents, she said: "I want you to know how privileged I am that you have entrusted your city to me. I ask for your support to create an environment that makes it attractive to do business here. In order to provide services we must have revenue. We must strengthen and attract commerce and encourage locals to shop here by making it easier to do business in Pleasanton."

Cook-Kallio added: "We need increased access to affordable housing so that our children can start families here and our parents can entertain their grandchildren comfortably. We must explore additional solutions to traffic congestion. We need to build community which means working together to make sure we have the things that make this city great. We want to continue to live in a place with excellent schools, with a thriving economy, and abundant recreation."

In the 2006 municipal election, Thorne garnered 9,413 votes, representing 33.85 percent of the votes recorded from Pleasanton's 48 precincts. Cook-Kallio finished second in a four-candidate race with 6,884 votes, representing 24.75 percent, with Pleasanton businessman Dan Faustina finishing a close third with 6,480 votes, representing 23.30 percent.

Former Planning Commission Chairman Brian Arkin finished last in the contest for two available seats on the council with 4,990--representing 17.94 percent.

An Advanced Placement U.S. History teacher at Irvington High School in Fremont and "We the People" competition civics coach, Cook-Kallio received the American Civic Education Teacher Award in 2008, one of only three in the nation. She was also honored by the Fremont Education Foundation for Excellence in Education in 2006, and was Irvington High's Teacher of the Year 2005.

Neither Brown nor Watson has held elective positions in Pleasanton or served city commisisons or committees.

The deadline for filing as a candidate in the municipal election was at 5 p.m. Friday.

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