Crowd fills Laguna Oaks home to support Herb Ritter for council

Planning Commission chairman seeks election to council on Nov. 8

More than 150 supporters of Herb Ritter's bid to be elected to the Pleasanton City Council filled Cindy and Bob Gee's home on Lylewood Drive on Tuesday at the candidate's nomination signing party.

Ritter, chairman of the Pleasanton Planning Commission, is among three vying for election to one of two available seats on the council in the municipal election on Nov. 8. The other candidates are incumbent council members Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin.

Mayor Jerry Thorne also is seeking re-election to a third term. He is unopposed.

"Tonight is an opportunity for me to share details of my 26 years of experience volunteering and working in this amazing community, as well as to outline my platform and vision for the city," Ritter told his supporters. "I've built my life around engaging and giving back, and now I'm taking my years of public service to the next level by formalizing my candidacy for City Council."

During the event, Ritter addressed questions from the crowd and discussed the key pillars of his platform: education, economic vitality and environment.

"Herb has always been a very supportive and influential part of the community with his work on city committees, task forces and sports program initiatives," Bob Gee said. "We are glad to be able to open our home to support such a dedicated and proven leader in Pleasanton."

For more information on Ritter, visit his website at

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Posted by Jerry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Herb Ritter deserves your vote. He's spent the past couple decades serving this city in many capacities, doing both community and civic service. He's experienced, he's fair and he will represent everyone in Pleasanton, not just special interests. I'm voting for Herb Ritter.

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Posted by Alexis B
a resident of Mission Park
on Aug 13, 2016 at 9:20 pm

We will definitely vote for Herb Ritter - great guy, and will be an incredible addition to the city council.

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Posted by Kurt Kummer
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 13, 2016 at 10:01 pm

I'm voting for Herb Ritter too. I had the opportunity to serve with Herb on the Trails Committee and the Parks and Rec Commission, and Herb always did his homework, he always listened to the community, and then he voted as if his vote was how the majority of all 75000 Pleasanton voters would have voted, not just a single neighborhood. Can't ask for more than that.

ps, and I'm also voting for Jerry Pentin! These are two good guys.

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Posted by Junie R
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 15, 2016 at 9:26 am

So where does Herb stand on adding Costco to the JDEDZ? Of course we know, because he's part of that same old network of BUILD BUILD MORE MORE. Pleasanton badly needs some new blood on the council.

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