The Pleasanton Weekly Friday endorsed candidates for Congress, State Senate, State Assembly and the Bart Board of Directors that serve the interests of Pleasanton voters.
The endorsements, which follow, were made in an editorial posted by the newspaper's editorial board in Friday;s (Sept. 30) edition. They follow:
15th Congressional District
Based on his seasoned service in Washington and earlier as a Dublin city councilman, we again endorse Congressman Eric Swalwell for re-election in the 15th Congressional District, which includes Pleasanton.
Swalwell is a member of the Dublin Lions Club, Hayward Rotary, Cornerstone Church in Livermore and serves on the advisory council of Tri-Valley Conservancy.
Add to that his "day job" as a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, charged with oversight of the U.S. intelligence community, as a ranking member and top Democrat on the Subcommittee on the CIA, as a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and on the subcommittees on energy research and development and research and technology.
Over 70% of the legislation he's supported has been bipartisan. He stays connected to our community, participating since elected in more than 800 community events. As we've written before, "What's there not to like about this guy?" Swalwell will face Republican Danny Turner in the Nov. 8 election. We say vote for Swalwell.
7th State Senate District
First elected to the State Senate in a special election in 2015, Steve Glazer has proven to be a maverick centrist Democrat who proposes and votes on legislation based on issues, not party politics.
Not surprisingly, unions and organizations steeped in Democratic Party affairs have opposed much of his efforts. In fact, he has worked with Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker to advance issues of mutual interest in both houses. A former political adviser to Jerry Brown, Glazer nevertheless has opposed the governor's wasteful high-speed rail plan and a twin-tunnels project to ship water through the Delta.
As a former mayor of Orinda, he is also experienced in local government. He holds a bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and served on the California State University Board of Trustees. Glazer is being challenged by Republican Joseph Rubay, who lacks political experience. We support Glazer for re-election to his first full term in the State Senate.
16th State Assembly District
We endorse incumbent Assemblywoman Catharine Baker for re-election. Baker has consistently pursued bipartisan decisions as a legislator, emphasizing education as the gateway to opportunity and working to empower local decision-making rather than state mandates.
She was elected in 2014 after a lively campaign against then-Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, a Democrat, to represent the 16th District, which includes Pleasanton. She is the mother of school-age twins, has been a parent leader in local schools, served as vice president of the Dougherty Elementary School Site Council and on several school improvement committees.
She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, overcoming cancer her senior year to graduate Phi Beta Kappa and with honors. She later went on to earn her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law.
Baker's opponent, Cheryl Cook-Kallio, recently retired after more than 39 years as a classroom teacher. She served on the Pleasanton City Council for eight years, being termed out in 2014. She said friends had urged her to run for the Pleasanton school board, which we would also encourage.
As a Republican, Baker helps keep the state from having a one-party, Democrat-controlled Legislature. Vote for Baker.
BART Board of Directors, District 5
Former Pleasanton Mayor Jennifer Hosterman is seeking election to the District 5 seat on the BART Board of Directors, currently held by John McPartland, whose term expires in December and is seeking re-election on Nov. 8.
We support Hosterman.
District 5 includes the cities of Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore and parts of Hayward and unincorporated areas of Alameda County. The BART stations in this district are Dublin/Pleasanton East at Hacienda, Dublin/Pleasanton West at Stoneridge Mall, Castro Valley and Hayward.
As mayor for eight years and a City Councilwoman before that, Hosterman dealt with issues that included transportation, land use, housing, jobs, air quality, water quality and supply. She also served as co-chair of the U.S. Conference of Mayors water committee and had close-working relations with several federal agencies, where she gained political and financial support for projects that benefited Pleasanton.
Now a real estate professional in Pleasanton, her experience has her well-prepared to serve on the board of BART, the 43-year-old Bay Area transportation agency that is in need of update, repair and new leadership. Vote for Hosterman for the BART Board of Directors, District 5 on Nov. 8.