Two Pleasanton Unified School District board seats are up for election this November, and both incumbents, plus one challenger, have declared their candidacy thus far.
Current officeholders Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen have said they will seek second terms while resident and substitute teacher Paige Wright has pulled nomination papers in search of a first term.
Bowser, first elected in November 2010, served as school board president from 2012-13. He took out nomination papers this week, according to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office.
If re-elected, Bowser said he hopes to continue promoting strong fiscal stewardship, developing programs for at-risk student and keeping class sizes small. This would be Bowser's second regional election of the year. He lost out in his bid to become Alameda County superintendent of schools in the June primary.
Laursen, also elected to a first term in November 2010, said she would like to continue working on improving resources for students, as well as increasing professional development for staff to help them integrate technological tools and project-based learning into their teaching.
"We have a lot of work to do, but together we can make a big difference for our students," she said.
Laursen pulled nomination papers Wednesday afternoon, according to election officials.
Wright was the only other person to take out nomination papers, as of press time.
She said she wants to focus on being prepared for any challenges the district may face, creating open communication with parents and teachers, and continuing to make Pleasanton a highly desired school district.
"To do that we must continue to attract, develop, and retain the best talent for our schools," Wright said. "In order for the district to attract good teachers, the district must be able to attract and keep good administrators."
No candidate had filed their completed nomination paperwork with election officials as of press time. The filing period ends Aug. 8.