The candidate lists for local elections in the Tri-Valley are beginning to come into view with one week left before the candidacy nomination deadline.
Pleasanton so far has eight prospective candidates for City Council, six for mayor and five for school board, as of Friday afternoon. Multiple incumbents and newcomers have pursued candidacy for city, school and special district elections in Livermore and Dublin as well.
The nomination filing period continues until 5 p.m. next Friday (Aug. 7). That deadline would be extended five calendar days, to Aug. 12, for challengers only in an election in which an eligible incumbent chooses not to run or doesn't file by the Aug. 7 deadline.
The city of Pleasanton will have its mayoral position and two City Council seats completely change hands in the Nov. 3 election, because incumbent Mayor Jerry Thorne and council members Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin are termed out of their positions.
Pentin and Brown, however, are among the six residents who have pulled nomination papers for mayor. The other prospective candidates are Druthi Ghanta, Monith Ilavarasan, Gary Thomas and Tom Turpel.
Only Ilavarasan had returned the paperwork and qualified for the ballot as of Friday afternoon, while Ghanta had filed but the processing is still pending. City clerk Karen Diaz also said Thomas has now indicated that he will not be returning papers.
For the City Council election, only Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Randy Brown and Planning Commissioner Jack Balch had filed his papers and qualified for the ballot as of Friday afternoon.
The other prospective candidates to pull papers so far are Planning Commissioner Nancy Allen, school board Trustee Valerie Arkin, and residents Will Blaker, Isaac Elias, Zarina Kiziloglu and Chiman Lee.
The city of Pleasanton filing deadline would not be extended beyond Aug. 7 because all three current office holders are termed out, and therefore not considered to be incumbents eligible for re-election, according to Diaz.
In the Pleasanton Unified School District contest, with three Board of Trustees on the ballot, incumbents Steve Maher and Jamie Yee, and challengers Mary Jo Carreon, Kelly Mokashi and Chong Wang had all pulled nomination papers but had not filed as of Friday afternoon.
With Arkin pursuing City Council instead of re-election to the school board, it appears as if the PUSD candidacy deadline will be extended to Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.
In the city of Livermore, Vice Mayor Bob Woerner has qualified for the ballot to run for mayor at-large. Realtor and former police officer Mony Nop has also pulled papers, but not yet filed, to succeed Mayor John Marchand, who is terming out.
This will be the first election for Livermore City Council under a district-based format, with District 3 (southeastern Livermore) and District 4 (southwest) on the ballot. Councilman Robert Carling has qualified for District 4; resident Brittni Kiick has been confirmed for the District 3 ballot, while resident Jennifer Spriggs has pulled papers for District 3 but not yet filed.
Councilman Bob Coomber already announced that he would not seek re-election for health reasons. But because he and Carling were originally elected at-large, they are not considered incumbents under the district-based elections -- so the filing deadline will not be extended beyond Aug. 7, according to the City Clerk's Office. The same is true of mayor, since Marchand is termed out instead of choosing not to run.
Six candidates have pulled papers for the two at-large positions on the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District board: incumbents Charles Rogge and Chris Wenzel, and newcomers Yanira Guzman, Kandiss Hewing, Asa Strout-Hearick and Kristie Wang. Only Rogge had completed filing.
For Dublin's at-large city elections, sitting council members Arun Goel and Melissa Hernandez have pulled papers to run for mayor instead of seeking re-election to their City Council seats this fall -- hoping to succeed Mayor David Haubert, who is termed out. Goel filed and was confirmed for the ballot on Friday; Hernandez has yet to file.
Six prospective candidates had pulled papers, but not yet filed, for the two Dublin City Council seats on the ballot: Shawn Costello, Lucrecia Deleon, Sherry (Xin) Hu, Michael McCorriston, Dawn Plants and Stephen Wright. The deadline is likely to extend to Aug. 12 in light of the incumbents' decisions.
For the Dublin Unified School District, board seats for three trustee areas are up for election.
In Trustee Area 1, residents Dawn Nwamuo and Kristin Pelham have pulled papers but not yet been confirmed for the ballot. Current Trustee Amy Miller, who lives in Area 1, announced that she will not seek re-election -- but since she was elected at-large in 2016, it appears she is technically not considered an incumbent for candidacy-deadline purposes.
For Trustee Area 3, incumbent Catherine Kuo is the only candidate to have pulled papers so far. And in Trustee Area 4, incumbent Gabi Blackman and newcomer Michael Utsumi have pulled papers.
The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has four Board of Trustees seats up for election this year, but only two trustee areas include the Tri-Valley. In those races, so far only incumbents have filed: Tim Sbranti for Area 5 and Ed Maduli for Area 7.
For BART Board of Directors District 5, which includes Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore, only incumbent John McPartland has pulled papers so far.
With two at-large seats up for grabs, the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District has seen three candidates pull papers so far: incumbent Jan Palajac and challengers James Boswell and Stacey Swanson. Incumbent Beth Wilson has not tried to enter the race to date.
In the Dublin San Ramon Services District, Director Richard Halket has pulled papers for Division 3. Newcomer Marisol Rubio has pulled papers for DSRSD Division 1. No prospective candidates have come forward yet for Division 5.
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.