Grant won't seek re-election to Pleasanton school board

2 incumbents seeking re-election; filing for 3rd seat extended to Wednesday

Pleasanton school board member Chris Grant announced Friday that he will not seek re-election to a third term in November.

The decision opens a third seat on the board with two incumbents seeking re-election and now no one yet filing to fill Grant's position.

That triggers an election law that extends the candidate nomination period to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Three seats on the board are up for regular election this fall. Incumbents Jamie Hintzke and Valerie Arkin were the only candidates to file for the race as of Friday.

In the letter submitted to superintendent Rick Rubino and the Pleasanton Weekly, Grant said that bowing out of the election was a difficult decision influenced by several factors. He said his professional responsibilities at Kaiser Permanente where he works have increased each year over the past decade and also that he believes change on the school board is good.

"I have a fundamental belief that public service is a privilege and am hopeful that I have created an opportunity for others to serve," Grant said.

"After meeting and speaking with hundreds of families who have shared their ideas and personal experiences, it is evident that there is a tremendous amount of talent and compassion throughout our community," he said. "I welcome and encourage parents/leaders to join and contribute to our school board, as meeting the needs of all children is essential to our community."

Grant added that the school district is currently performing well, pointing out achievements like increased academic test scores and efforts to preserve art, music and athletic programs.

"These accomplishments give me good faith that those who follow will continue to achieve high excellence," he said.

He closed out his letter by expressing his thanks for the opportunity to serve, calling it "an amazing privilege."

Grant was board president twice during his tenure and served on multiple committees, including the Excellence in Education Committee, of which he was a founding member.

Grant was first elected to the board in November 2008, as were Hintzke and Arkin.

For more candidate and election information, visit the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' website or email

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