So you want to run for public office in Pleasanton?

Candidacy filing period opens Monday for November election

Any resident interested in pursuing elected office this year is in luck because Pleasanton has several public service positions up for election this November and the application process begins next week.

Pleasanton residents who want to compete for local office on the Nov. 6 ballot -- alongside the race for governor and Congress, among other seats -- can file their candidacy nomination paperwork with election officials starting Monday through Aug. 10.

The city of Pleasanton has three seats up for election this year, two on City Council and the mayor's seat. There will also be two available positions on Pleasanton Unified School District's Board of Trustees.

For city government positions, prospective candidates must file their nomination paperwork with the City Clerk's Office at 123 Main St., while PUSD and DSRSD candidates should contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office.

While some positions have different requirements to run for public office, some general qualifications are necessary for all Pleasanton residents looking to run, including: candidates must be U.S. citizens, be registered to vote during the filing period and not be in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.

Regardless of positions, officials from the registrar's office recommended that candidates think long and hard about their campaign, taking into consideration campaign email, ballot designation, campaign finances and website details.

As for municipal costs, a $25 filing fee will be charged by the city clerk, who will also collect a $600 deposit to cover the cost of an optional candidate's statement. The statement isn't mandatory but will give candidates a space in the local California voters guide.

No filing fee is necessary for the PUSD board, but a $1,822 deposit for an optional candidate statement is available. Several forms must be submitted during the PUSD application process. Forms will be distributed to candidates who make an appointment at the Registrar of Voters' Office in Oakland, 1225 Fallon St., Room G-1.

Pleasanton is guaranteed to have at least one new face join its City Council with Vice Mayor Arne Olson deciding to not seek re-election after serving on the council for one term. Incumbent Councilwoman Kathy Narum, on the other hand, has confirmed that she will seek a second full term come November. It would be Narum's final term as Pleasanton has a two-term limit for council.

Mayor Jerry Thorne has announced he intends to seek his fourth term. If elected it will be Thorne's final year in the position, as Pleasanton limits its mayors to four two-year terms.

For PUSD, challengers would have to unseat one of two incumbent board members if they want to serve their district's school system, as incumbents Joan Laursen and Mark Miller have announced their intentions to run for re-election.

Two board seats are up for election for Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides water and wastewater services to Dublin and parts of San Ramon as well as sewer service to Pleasanton by contract. But Pleasanton residents do not vote because the city is technically outside of the district's boundaries.

Pleasanton's representative seat on the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors, for Ward Area 5, is also up for election in November. The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District board also has seats up this fall, but not either of the two positions representing parts of Pleasanton.

The official candidacy nomination deadline for all local elections is Aug. 10, but a five-day filing extension will be given in each race where an incumbent does not file for re-election.

Local residents will share the ballot with candidates from three runoff elections for regional representative seats -- in addition to U.S. Senate and statewide positions such as governor.

For Alameda County, Newark real estate tax attorney Phong La and Jim Johnson, chief of the Assessor's Assessment Services Division, will compete for the position of county assessor.

Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) is seeking a third term for the 16th State Assembly District, running against attorney and political newcomer Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda).

Three-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) will look to maintain his position as the representative of California's 15th Congressional District when facing off against Republican challenger Rudy Peters, a business owner from Livermore.

Alameda County voters can learn more by visiting

Editor's note: To clarify, Pleasanton residents do not get to vote in the DSRSD election, nor can they run for a position on the DSRSD board. While the city of Pleasanton contracts with DSRSD for sewer services, Pleasanton is officially outside of the district's boundaries. Only residents of Dublin, South San Ramon and the Dougherty Valley portion of San Ramon are eligible. The Pleasanton Weekly regrets the error.

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