Few politicians push for election at Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday

Swalwell, Sbranti, Corbett, Bowser only candidates to seek votes at popular event

Supporters of June 3 primary candidates Congressman Eric Swalwell and Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti for State Assembly staffed one of few political booths at Pleasanton's 1st Wednesday street party last week.

But the candidates, themselves, weren't there.

Down the street, State Senator Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro) also had a 1st Wednesday booth promoting her candidacy for the 15th Congressional District, and she was there telling voters why they should elect her instead of casting their votes for Swalwell.

Also walking downtown streets during the event was Pleasanton school board member Jeff Bowser, candidate for the office of Alameda County Superintendent of Schools in the June 3 primary.

His four opponents for the position did not participate in the Pleasanton event.

Supporters of Republican candidate for governor Tim Donnelly staffed another candidate booth, but, like at the Sbranti/Swalwell booth, the candidate was absent.

Surprisingly, with the California primary just a little over three weeks away on June 3, few candidates took the opportunity to host pre-election booths at 1st Wednesday, which was the last event before the election. The next 1st Wednesday will be June 4, after the polls have closed.

Usually, political candidates appear at 1st Wednesday street parties in advance of an election to shake hands and ask voters for their support.


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Sycamore Heights
on May 12, 2014 at 9:41 am

Disappointing that someone who wants your vote doesn't feel they need to be at this event. Too busy, event not worthy of their presence?? Makes me think twice.

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Posted by Don
a resident of Ironwood
on May 12, 2014 at 9:42 am

To me, it's a given that Eric Swalwell will have no problem being elected. He is the hardest working political candidate I have ever known. When not in D. C. he is hard at work here at home with youth, seniors, to name a few. He will for sure have my vote.

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Posted by tim
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 12, 2014 at 12:40 pm

there is little difference (ideology) between swalwell and pete stark.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2014 at 3:16 pm

One party is for freedom. The other party is for higher taxes and enslavement under a totalitarian system. What more do one need to know? (The Republican Party is the one for freedom.)

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Posted by Rght
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 12, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Its pretty obvious that the Dems not being there is because they don't care about the people. Only thinking about the next boondoggle like hi-speed trains to nowhere that they can use to line there own pockets with lavish contracts with corrupt collectivist unions. This will go on and on until the California people, the legal ones at least, wake up and smell the coffee. Our society is crumbling around us and they don't even bother to show. Their diseased.

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Posted by Crooks R They
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Sbranti is a professional union organizer and holds an executive position with the California Teachers Association. He is also a teacher at Dublin High School, draws a full salary, and is seldom there. What a waste of taxpayer money subsidizing this hack's political career. And, even though he is a CTA executive, he has done nothing to get the state to repay the BILLIONS it "borrowed" (more like looted) from the state teacher's retirement fund, and which state taxpayers are obligated to repay at some point. He is now strong-arming the teachers in the Tri-Valley to vote for him. The local teachers unions are directing (not asking) their members to submit a document with their name on it saying who they are voting for for Assemblyperson. If that is not illegal it should be.

Sbranti also says he is Swalwell's mentor. That may be true, because during his time in office, Swalwell is exhibiting some of the same sleezy tactics as Sbranti. Many people thought he couldn't be worse that Pete Stark. He's proving to be no better. Swalwell should not be returned to office, and Sbranti should definitely not be elected to state office.

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Posted by Linda Chang
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on May 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

Sbranti and CTA are the biggest supporters of Skin Color Act 5.

We will vote for Catharine Baker all the way!!!

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Posted by D W
a resident of Livermore
on May 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Help, Weekly Readers! Why has Bowser remained clean post-Vranesh? And if he was doing everything possible to clarify what went on before Steed's eventual hiring, then Readers, help explain who on the Board besides the Superintendent handled the Walnut Grove scandal so poorly? Whether it's answers or typical blog ranting, any info will do. Thank you ahead of time.

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