Julie Testa, a former city commissioner on the city's Human Services Commission and a longtime advocate of measures to reduce school overcrowding, will seek election Nov. 8 as mayor of Pleasanton.
She filed the required nomination papers to put her name on the Nov. 8 ballot at 4:54 p.m. Friday, just six minutes before the deadline for candidates to file for this year's elective offices.
She will face Mayor Jerry Thorne, who launched his campaign for re-election to a third term in office last February. Thorne was elected mayor in 2012 after serving seven years as a city councilman, and before that on the Parks and Recreation Commission and numerous other regional boards, commissions and committees. He is a retired senior executive from Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies,
In a message to Pleasanton voters, Testa said: “As Pleasanton mayor, I will promote a different perspective of Pleasanton's Quality of Life issues: to stop excessive development, to collaborate with the school district in addressing overcrowding in our schools, to ease traffic congestion, to plan ahead for water shortages due to recurring drought and to avoid irreversible impacts to our historic downtown," Testa said.
“Most important," she added, “this is your city. I am committed to really listen to the people of Pleasanton and to understand your concerns."
Testa has been involved in community activities for 30 years, including serving for 11 years on the Human Services Commission. She also has served vulnerable populations with local nonprofits, including as a director on the board of Tri-Valley REACH (Resources Education Activities Community and Housing), and in her work with students at Las Positas College, working with the board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Tri-Valley.
She has participated on numerous budget and planning committees and task forces for both the city of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton school district, most recently as a member of the district's Citizens' Committee on Debt Management.
Testa and her husband Nick, who live in the Pleasanton Hills neighborhood, are small business owners. Their three children attended Pleasanton's public schools and now are graduates of California universities.
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