Tri-Valley public agencies are getting ready for the local election cycle, with the candidacy nomination period opening on Monday for any local resident interested in running for an available office.
It will be a crowded local ballot for most voters in the Tri-Valley, with city council, school board and special district seats open, plus all four directly elected mayoral positions fully up for grabs due to termed-out incumbents.
There are also a handful of carryover races from the March primary to be decided in a runoff on the Nov. 3 ballot for county, state and federal representative positions -- those candidate lists are already confirmed.
Across the board for the city, school and special district elections, the candidacy nomination period will run from this Monday (July 13) through Aug. 7. The deadline will be extended by five days, to Aug. 12, for challengers if an eligible incumbent chooses not to run.
In general, candidates must be registered voters, at least 18 years of age and live within the geographic boundaries encompassing the open seat. Some local elections are at-large while others are specified by regional sub-district.
Contact the individual local agency for information on candidacy paperwork. General election information, or details on how to register to vote, can be found on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office website at www.acvote.org.
Pleasanton residents will be voting this November on two at-large regular City Council positions (four-year terms), the mayor's seat (at-large, two-year term) and three at-large positions on the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees.
All three city seats will be up for grabs without incumbents as Mayor Jerry Thorne, Councilwoman Karla Brown and Councilman Jerry Pentin are all termed out of their current position.
Brown and Pentin have already announced their intent to run for mayor.
Four candidates have launched campaigns for the regular Pleasanton City Council seats: Planning Commissioner Nancy Allen, PUSD Trustee Valerie Arkin, Planning Commissioner Jack Balch and real estate professional Randy Brown, who is this year's board chair for the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce.
Local parent and educator Kelly Mokashi is the only candidate to publicly promote a campaign for PUSD Board of Trustees. The three available seats are currently held by Arkin, Steve Maher and Jamie Yee.
In Livermore, residents will be voting for mayor (at-large), City Council District 3 (southeastern Livermore), City Council District 4 (southwest) and two at-large positions on the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District board.
In Dublin, there will be three seats available for Dublin Unified School District (Trustee Areas 1, 3 and 4), as well as two at-large spots on the Dublin City Council and the mayor's position, also at-large.
Sunol Glen Unified School District will have one at-large seat on the three-member Board of Trustees on the ballot.
For the San Ramon Valley, Danville will have three at-large Town Council positions, San Ramon will have at-large mayor, City Council District 1 and City Council District 3, and San Ramon Valley Unified School District will have Areas 2 and 3.
* Dublin San Ramon Services District will have three seats on the ballot in its first election with division-based voting. Directors for Divisions 1, 3 and 5 will be elected this year.
* Three positions will be decided for the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District Board of Trustees, including the Tri-Valley seats of Area 5 and Area 7, along with Area 1 (Hayward).
* Livermore Area Recreation and Park District's Board of Directors will have two at-large seats on the ballot.
* There will be three directors elected for the East Bay Regional Park District (Wards 1, 2 and 4), but none covers the Tri-Valley.
* Leading the way on carryover elections will be Alameda County Board of Supervisors District 1, which represents Dublin and Livermore in the Tri-Valley, as well as Fremont and part of Sunol.
Advancing to the Nov. 3 general election after finishing first and second in the four-candidate primary election were Fremont City Councilman Vinnie Bacon and Dublin Mayor David Haubert.
* For Alameda County Superior Court Department 2, the runoff features civil rights attorney Mark Fickes and trial attorney Elena Condes after the three-candidate primary. This is the bench position opening up with the retirement of longtime Judge Carol Brosnahan.
* Pleasanton's representative State Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) led the March ballot and will face off against runner-up Julie Mobley, a Republican.
* Incumbent District 16 Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) is running against businessman Joseph Rubay (R-Alamo); they were the only two candidates on the primary ballot, so each automatically advanced to November.
* U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore) stood comfortably in first place against six challengers with 56.5% in the primary election. He is going against Republican Alison Hayden, a special education teacher, in November after she garnered 20.1% in March. for second place.