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Candidate lists finalized for many Tri-Valley elections; filing extensions in six local races

Crowded ballots shaping up in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin

The candidate lists were solidified for many Tri-Valley local elections including the Pleasanton City Council and mayor races on Friday, but several others like Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees will have their filing deadline extended to next week after incumbents opted not to run.

The main candidacy filing deadline came and went at 5 p.m. Friday, marking the final chance to obtain a spot on the ballot for city, school and special district elections -- unless an eligible incumbent did not file by Friday's deadline, in which case the timeframe would be extended by five days for newcomers only.

Dublin City Council and mayor, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and Dublin San Ramon Services District are among the other public agencies that will give prospective candidates until 5 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 12) to complete nomination paperwork.

The ballots are shaping up to be crowded across the board in the Tri-Valley.

Pleasanton voters will have seven candidates for City Council and five for mayor, with filing now closed, while there are five candidates for school board so far but the filing deadline is extended to next Wednesday.

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In Dublin, two sitting council members are facing off for mayor while there are 10 prospective candidates so far for City Council. Plus, two of the three Dublin school board elections will be contested races.

And in Livermore, two candidates are running for mayor, one of the two council seats will be contested and five candidates have filed so far for school board.

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

The city of Pleasanton will have its mayoral position and two at-large 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 five residents who qualified for the mayor ballot. They are joined by health engineer/scientist Druthi Ghanta, product manager Monith Ilavarasan and digital marketing manager Tom Turpel. Resident Gary Thomas pulled nomination papers but later withdrew.

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There are seven candidates for City Council: Planning Commissioners Nancy Allen and Jack Balch, school board Trustee Valerie Arkin, businessman and Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Randy Brown, Housing Commissioner Zarina Kiziloglu, Economic Vitality Committee member Chiman Lee and local attorney Jarod Buna.

The city of Pleasanton filing deadlines are now closed because all three current office holders are termed out, and therefore not considered to be incumbents eligible for re-election.

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 (a retired teacher/parent), Kelly Mokashi (E-learning education professional) and Chong Wang (IT consultant/parent) have all qualified for the ballot so far.

But with Arkin pursuing City Council instead of re-election to the school board, the PUSD candidacy deadline will be extended to Wednesday (Aug. 12) at 5 p.m.

Livermore

In the city of Livermore, Vice Mayor Bob Woerner and Mony Nop, a local Realtor and former Livermore police officer, will face off on the ballot for the city's mayor position, which is elected at-large.

Nop and Woerner are vying to succeed Mayor John Marchand, who is terming out. Filing is now closed because Marchand is termed out instead of choosing not to run.

This will be the first election for Livermore City Council under a district-based format, and the city will have a contested election for District 3 (southeastern Livermore) but an uncontested election for District 4 (southwest).

Councilman Robert Carling was the only candidate to file for District 4 before the deadline.

For District 3, newcomers Brittni Kiick (small business owner) and Pete Patterson II (medical account manager) will be the two candidates on the ballot. Resident Jennifer Spriggs had pulled papers for District 3 but withdrew on Friday.

Even though Councilman Bob Coomber chose not to seek re-election, there will be no deadline extension because Coomber -- like Carling -- was elected at-large four years so he was not considered an incumbent under the district-based format.

The filing deadline will be extended for Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District after incumbent Chris Wenzel pulled papers but ultimately opted against seeking another term.

Five candidates have qualified so far with two at-large positions on the ballot: incumbent Charles "Chuck" Rogge and newcomers Yanira Guzmán (career coach/parent), Kandiss Hewing (human resources specialist), Asa Strout (business analyst) and Kristie Wang (public policy advocate).

Dublin

For the city of Dublin, the mayor's position and two City Council seats are on the ballot -- and both of those races have their candidacy deadline extended to Wednesday.

Sitting council members Arun Goel and Melissa Hernandez are running for mayor instead of seeking re-election to their City Council seats this fall, resulting in the council extension.

Mayor David Haubert was thought to be termed out, but city spokesperson Shari Jackman said Friday it was determined Haubert actually would have been able to serve a fourth term as mayor. Under city term limits, Dublin officials are ineligible after eight years worth of full terms (combined between council and mayor time), but Haubert served two days short of two full years in his first council term before being elected mayor in 2014 -- making Haubert technically still an eligible incumbent this year, according to Jackman.

It's a moot point for Haubert himself, as he is running for Alameda County Board of Supervisors instead on the Nov. 3 ballot, but the result is that the Dublin mayor's seat will get the five-day filing extension.

As of Friday, Goel and Hernandez had both qualified for the mayoral ballot -- and were the only candidates for mayor to date.

Eight candidates had qualified for the ballot for the two City Council seats: Shawn Costello, Lucrecia Deleon, Razi Hansi, Sherry (Xin) Hu, Michael McCorriston, Dawn Plants, Kashef Qaadri and Samir Qureshi.

Two other potential council candidates had also pulled papers but not yet filed -- Nicole DeMarinis and Stephen Wright.

For the Dublin Unified School District Trustee Area 1, residents Dawn Nwamuo (physician/mother) and Kristin Pelham (educator/parent) have 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.

Incumbent Gabi Blackman and newcomer Michael Utsumi (fundraiser event coordinator) both filed papers to run for DUSD Trustee Area 4.

And for Trustee Area 3, incumbent Catherine Kuo was uncontested, with no other candidates filing in her part of the district.

For Sunol Glen Unified School District, incumbent Denise Kent Romo was the only candidate to file for the lone Board of Directors seat on the ballot.

The see candidacy results for city and school elections in San Ramon and Danville, visit DanvilleSanRamon.com.

Special districts

The filing deadlines will be extended for Dublin San Ramon Services District for Divisions 1 and 5 -- in what is DSRSD's first election on district-based balloting.

Newcomer Marisol Rubio is the only candidate to file so far for DSRSD Division 1. No prospective candidates have come forward yet for Division 5.

For Division 3, incumbent Director Rich Halket is uncontested.

Incumbent Ed Duarte, whose DSRSD term is up this year, actually doesn't live in any of the three divisions on the Nov. 3 ballot so he is ineligible to run. Director Pat Howard, who came out of retirement for a short-term appointment months ago to fill the vacancy created after director Maddi Misheloff's death, represents the other seat expiring this year.

According to DSRSD, if no candidate files for Division 5 by Wednesday's deadline, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors would appoint a new director some time in the future.

The candidacy deadline is also extended for Livermore Area Recreation and Park District with two at-large seats up for grabs after incumbent Beth Wilson did file for re-election.

Five candidates have filed so far for LARPD Board of Directors: incumbent Jan Palajac and challengers James E. Boswell, Mike Ralph, Stacey A. Swanson and Richard Tarbell.

For BART Board of Directors District 5, which includes Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore, incumbent John McPartland and newcomers Steven Dunbar and Mike Wallace have filed for the ballot.

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has four Board of Trustees seats up for election this year, but the two trustee areas in the Tri-Valley are uncontested for the incumbents: Tim Sbranti for Area 5 and Ed Maduli for Area 7.

Trustee Maria Heredia was also the only candidate to file for Area 4, but Area 1 has two candidates who filed so far: Robert Carlson and Luis Reynoso. Area 1 is the Hayward-based seat that is open after the death of trustee Marshall Mitzman from COVID-19 complications in the spring.

Runoffs

Tri-Valley ballots will also have several runoff elections for county, state and federal representative seats.

* 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.

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Candidate lists finalized for many Tri-Valley elections; filing extensions in six local races

Crowded ballots shaping up in Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Aug 7, 2020, 7:19 pm
Updated: Sun, Aug 9, 2020, 2:44 pm

The candidate lists were solidified for many Tri-Valley local elections including the Pleasanton City Council and mayor races on Friday, but several others like Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees will have their filing deadline extended to next week after incumbents opted not to run.

The main candidacy filing deadline came and went at 5 p.m. Friday, marking the final chance to obtain a spot on the ballot for city, school and special district elections -- unless an eligible incumbent did not file by Friday's deadline, in which case the timeframe would be extended by five days for newcomers only.

Dublin City Council and mayor, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and Dublin San Ramon Services District are among the other public agencies that will give prospective candidates until 5 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 12) to complete nomination paperwork.

The ballots are shaping up to be crowded across the board in the Tri-Valley.

Pleasanton voters will have seven candidates for City Council and five for mayor, with filing now closed, while there are five candidates for school board so far but the filing deadline is extended to next Wednesday.

In Dublin, two sitting council members are facing off for mayor while there are 10 prospective candidates so far for City Council. Plus, two of the three Dublin school board elections will be contested races.

And in Livermore, two candidates are running for mayor, one of the two council seats will be contested and five candidates have filed so far for school board.

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.

The city of Pleasanton will have its mayoral position and two at-large 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 five residents who qualified for the mayor ballot. They are joined by health engineer/scientist Druthi Ghanta, product manager Monith Ilavarasan and digital marketing manager Tom Turpel. Resident Gary Thomas pulled nomination papers but later withdrew.

There are seven candidates for City Council: Planning Commissioners Nancy Allen and Jack Balch, school board Trustee Valerie Arkin, businessman and Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Randy Brown, Housing Commissioner Zarina Kiziloglu, Economic Vitality Committee member Chiman Lee and local attorney Jarod Buna.

The city of Pleasanton filing deadlines are now closed because all three current office holders are termed out, and therefore not considered to be incumbents eligible for re-election.

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 (a retired teacher/parent), Kelly Mokashi (E-learning education professional) and Chong Wang (IT consultant/parent) have all qualified for the ballot so far.

But with Arkin pursuing City Council instead of re-election to the school board, the PUSD candidacy deadline will be extended to Wednesday (Aug. 12) at 5 p.m.

In the city of Livermore, Vice Mayor Bob Woerner and Mony Nop, a local Realtor and former Livermore police officer, will face off on the ballot for the city's mayor position, which is elected at-large.

Nop and Woerner are vying to succeed Mayor John Marchand, who is terming out. Filing is now closed because Marchand is termed out instead of choosing not to run.

This will be the first election for Livermore City Council under a district-based format, and the city will have a contested election for District 3 (southeastern Livermore) but an uncontested election for District 4 (southwest).

Councilman Robert Carling was the only candidate to file for District 4 before the deadline.

For District 3, newcomers Brittni Kiick (small business owner) and Pete Patterson II (medical account manager) will be the two candidates on the ballot. Resident Jennifer Spriggs had pulled papers for District 3 but withdrew on Friday.

Even though Councilman Bob Coomber chose not to seek re-election, there will be no deadline extension because Coomber -- like Carling -- was elected at-large four years so he was not considered an incumbent under the district-based format.

The filing deadline will be extended for Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District after incumbent Chris Wenzel pulled papers but ultimately opted against seeking another term.

Five candidates have qualified so far with two at-large positions on the ballot: incumbent Charles "Chuck" Rogge and newcomers Yanira Guzmán (career coach/parent), Kandiss Hewing (human resources specialist), Asa Strout (business analyst) and Kristie Wang (public policy advocate).

For the city of Dublin, the mayor's position and two City Council seats are on the ballot -- and both of those races have their candidacy deadline extended to Wednesday.

Sitting council members Arun Goel and Melissa Hernandez are running for mayor instead of seeking re-election to their City Council seats this fall, resulting in the council extension.

Mayor David Haubert was thought to be termed out, but city spokesperson Shari Jackman said Friday it was determined Haubert actually would have been able to serve a fourth term as mayor. Under city term limits, Dublin officials are ineligible after eight years worth of full terms (combined between council and mayor time), but Haubert served two days short of two full years in his first council term before being elected mayor in 2014 -- making Haubert technically still an eligible incumbent this year, according to Jackman.

It's a moot point for Haubert himself, as he is running for Alameda County Board of Supervisors instead on the Nov. 3 ballot, but the result is that the Dublin mayor's seat will get the five-day filing extension.

As of Friday, Goel and Hernandez had both qualified for the mayoral ballot -- and were the only candidates for mayor to date.

Eight candidates had qualified for the ballot for the two City Council seats: Shawn Costello, Lucrecia Deleon, Razi Hansi, Sherry (Xin) Hu, Michael McCorriston, Dawn Plants, Kashef Qaadri and Samir Qureshi.

Two other potential council candidates had also pulled papers but not yet filed -- Nicole DeMarinis and Stephen Wright.

For the Dublin Unified School District Trustee Area 1, residents Dawn Nwamuo (physician/mother) and Kristin Pelham (educator/parent) have 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.

Incumbent Gabi Blackman and newcomer Michael Utsumi (fundraiser event coordinator) both filed papers to run for DUSD Trustee Area 4.

And for Trustee Area 3, incumbent Catherine Kuo was uncontested, with no other candidates filing in her part of the district.

For Sunol Glen Unified School District, incumbent Denise Kent Romo was the only candidate to file for the lone Board of Directors seat on the ballot.

The see candidacy results for city and school elections in San Ramon and Danville, visit DanvilleSanRamon.com.

The filing deadlines will be extended for Dublin San Ramon Services District for Divisions 1 and 5 -- in what is DSRSD's first election on district-based balloting.

Newcomer Marisol Rubio is the only candidate to file so far for DSRSD Division 1. No prospective candidates have come forward yet for Division 5.

For Division 3, incumbent Director Rich Halket is uncontested.

Incumbent Ed Duarte, whose DSRSD term is up this year, actually doesn't live in any of the three divisions on the Nov. 3 ballot so he is ineligible to run. Director Pat Howard, who came out of retirement for a short-term appointment months ago to fill the vacancy created after director Maddi Misheloff's death, represents the other seat expiring this year.

According to DSRSD, if no candidate files for Division 5 by Wednesday's deadline, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors would appoint a new director some time in the future.

The candidacy deadline is also extended for Livermore Area Recreation and Park District with two at-large seats up for grabs after incumbent Beth Wilson did file for re-election.

Five candidates have filed so far for LARPD Board of Directors: incumbent Jan Palajac and challengers James E. Boswell, Mike Ralph, Stacey A. Swanson and Richard Tarbell.

For BART Board of Directors District 5, which includes Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore, incumbent John McPartland and newcomers Steven Dunbar and Mike Wallace have filed for the ballot.

The Chabot-Las Positas Community College District has four Board of Trustees seats up for election this year, but the two trustee areas in the Tri-Valley are uncontested for the incumbents: Tim Sbranti for Area 5 and Ed Maduli for Area 7.

Trustee Maria Heredia was also the only candidate to file for Area 4, but Area 1 has two candidates who filed so far: Robert Carlson and Luis Reynoso. Area 1 is the Hayward-based seat that is open after the death of trustee Marshall Mitzman from COVID-19 complications in the spring.

Tri-Valley ballots will also have several runoff elections for county, state and federal representative seats.

* 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.

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Eric Mills, coordinator, ACTION FOR ANIMALS
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Eric Mills, coordinator, ACTION FOR ANIMALS, another community
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Be aware that four candidates are running for two seats on the five-member board of the Hayward Area Rec & Park District (HARD). Would be helpful to the electorate if all these folks took a public stance on animal welfare issues, esp. the Rowell Ranch Rodeo and its long history of animal abuse.

Relatedly, here's the link to a new, prize-winning rodeo documentary short, "BUCKING TRADITION" - Web Link

California State Education Code 60042 mandates that "humane education and kindness to animals" be taught in the public schools, K-12. Ironically, EVERY animal welfare organization in North America condemns rodeo due to its inherent cruelty. Lest we forget, this godawful pandemic was HUMAN-caused, a direct result of our callous mistreatment of animals, both wild and domestic. There are connections to be made here, folks.


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