Campaigning for Livermore City Council District 3, resident Pete Patterson II was inspired to run for public office for the first time to help his hometown continue to thrive and improve into the future.
A lifelong Livermore resident who works as a medical account manager, Patterson said he is focusing his council bid on top priorities of public safety, community and the local economy -- all while keeping in line with his campaign mantra, "Together, We Can."
"I am choosing to run for City Council because I have grown up in District 3 my entire life of 42 years and can help Livermore come together more as a community, city and as part of Alameda County," Patterson told the Weekly.
"Livermore, California is a city where history, tradition and family values have been created by generations of hard work and integrity. Together, we can work towards maintaining the values and traditions of the city we know and love," he added on his campaign website.
Patterson, 42, faces community organizer and local photography business owner Brittni Kiick on the Nov. 3 ballot for City Council District 3 -- which consists of southeastern Livermore, generally east of South Livermore Avenue and south of First Street to the city's borders. This is the city's first election with district-based voting for council seats.
The position is fully up for grabs as incumbent Councilman Bob Coomber, whose first term is up this year, opted not to seek re-election for health reasons.
Patterson, who is seeking his first city service experience, lists public safety as his top campaign priority, saying, "I strongly support our first responders, including our local law enforcement officers, county sheriff’s deputies and firefighters."
"As a City Council member, I will work with law enforcement to ensure they have the tools and resources they need to do their jobs and keep our community safe. This includes enforcing local ordinances that discourage homeless encampments on public lands and private property," he told the Weekly.
Supporting progress within the Livermore community is another focus for Patterson in his council campaign. He said he'll aim to "ensure this city continues to celebrate its rich history while responsibly planning for its future."
"We all know there’s something special about Livermore that makes it uniquely different than the rest of the Bay Area. It’s a place where neighbors help each other with a strong sense of community, especially with our recent fires," he added. "I want to ensure I know what’s on your mind and hear what suggestions you have to make our community stronger."
Patterson also pointed to helping the local economy recover during the COVID-19 pandemic and "get back to work."
"Our restaurants, salons, boutiques, wineries and many other businesses have been severely impacted by COVID-19 regulations," he said. "I will fight for common sense guidelines that allow our businesses to re-open while protecting the health of our community. Our downtown is the envy of many cities in the tri-valley, and we must ensure that business owners are supported."
Patterson grew up in Livermore and went through local public schools, including graduating from Livermore High School. He and wife Sarah, also a Livermore native, reside in District 3 with their son.
"I do not have any prior public office experience to bring to the table, but I do have a lifelong love for Livermore and a determination to be a voice for the people in our community," Patterson told the Weekly.
To learn more about Patterson and his campaign, visit www.patterson4citycouncil2020.com.
Editor's note: For additional background, as the Weekly previously reported, Councilman Bob Coomber was elected at-large in 2016 before the city converted to district-based elections. During that districting process, Coomber's position was effectively assigned to the newly created District 3 in which he lives. But Councilwoman Trish Munro (elected at-large, in 2018) also resides within District 3 -- and would have needed to run midterm for the District 3 seat, or move into another part of the city, to continue serving beyond 2022. She opted not to compete in this election and serve out her current term.