The candidate lists were finalized for the remaining Tri-Valley local elections on the Nov. 3 ballot, as the filing extension deadline lapsed on Wednesday afternoon.
The results saw nine candidates qualify for the ballot for Dublin City Council and three for Dublin mayor, while other contests with an extended filing period like Pleasanton and Livermore Valley school boards remained at the same candidate count (five each) as when the initial deadline arrived last Friday.
Many local public agencies already saw their candidate lists confirmed with last week's deadline, including mayor and city council elections in Pleasanton and Livermore as well as Dublin Unified School District.
But in elections where an eligible incumbent didn't file to run by Friday afternoon's main deadline, prospective challengers were given five extra days -- until 5 p.m. this Wednesday -- to pursue candidacy and submit nomination papers to earn a spot on the ballot.
The extension locally also included the Dublin San Ramon Services District and Livermore Area Recreation and Park District.
City of Dublin
Two familiar local elected officials and one newcomer will be facing off for mayor of Dublin this fall.
Sitting council members Arun Goel and Melissa Hernandez and challenger Regina Pangelinan all qualified for the mayoral ballot upon Wednesday's deadline. The position is fully up for grabs, with current Mayor David Haubert running for Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 3.
Hernandez and Goel both have regular City Council terms that expire this year, but they're seeking the mayor's seat instead of running for re-election to the council.
As a result, two at-large council seats will be wide open too, and there will be nine candidates on the ballot for those positions: Shawn Costello, Lucrecia Deleon, Razi Hansi, Sherry Hu, Michael McCorriston, Sri Muppidi, Dawn Plants, Kashef Qaadri and Samir Qureshi.
Pleasanton Unified School District
There will be five candidates running for three at-large positions on the Board of Trustees: incumbents Steve Maher and Jamie Yee, and challengers Mary Jo Carreon (retired teacher/parent), Kelly Mokashi (E-learning education professional) and Chong Wang (IT consultant/parent).
All five had qualified for the ballot as of Friday, but the deadline was extended because PUSD Trustee Valerie Arkin is pursuing a spot on the Pleasanton City Council instead of re-election to the school board. No additional residents sought PUSD candidacy in the extra five days.
Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District
The LVJUSD election has five candidates for two at-large board positions: 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).
At least one board seat is guaranteed to change hands after incumbent Chris Wenzel pulled papers but ultimately opted against seeking another term. Like PUSD, all five LVJUSD candidates had qualified by Friday's deadline while no other new candidates emerged during the extension period.
Dublin San Ramon Services District
DSRSD experienced little interest, candidacy-wise, in its first election under district-based balloting.
Newcomer Marisol Rubio was the only candidate to file for DSRSD Division 1, and incumbent Director Rich Halket was uncontested for Division 3.
But no prospective candidates came forward for Division 5. As a result, according to DSRSD, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors will need to appoint a new director some time in the future.
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 was ineligible to run. Director Pat Howard, a former board member 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 but did not want to run for a full term.
Livermore Area Recreation and Park District
The candidacy deadline was also extended to Wednesday for LARPD Board of Directors with two at-large seats up for grabs after incumbent Beth Wilson did file for re-election.
Five candidates filed in the end for the ballot: incumbent Jan Palajac and challengers James E. Boswell, Mike Ralph, Stacey A. Swanson and Richard Tarbell.
To refer back to other Tri-Valley candidacy results, refer back to the Pleasanton Weekly story from last Friday that covered Pleasanton City Council and mayor, Livermore mayor and council, Dublin Unified School District, Sunol Glen Unified School District, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District and BART Board of Directors.
The final candidate tallies are available online on the Alameda County Registrar of Voters' Office website. General election information and details on how to register to vote can also be found there, www.acvote.org.