Pleasanton's Mayor Karla Brown confirmed over the weekend that she would be running for re-election in November, becoming the first mayoral candidate to declare for the general election.
"Pleasanton is a beautiful and safe community with expansive parks, upscale amenities and a historic picture-perfect downtown," Brown said in a news release. "I am proud to serve as mayor to our friendly community, and I vow to continue to use my skills and expertise to better our city, preserve our historic features and keep our community safe."
Brown won the 2020 election with 47.13% of the vote, defeating four other candidates on the ballot led by fellow outgoing councilmember Jerry Pentin in second place with 35.06%. Headed into the election, Brown had served in a regular City Council seat for eight years, two of them as vice mayor.
"My motto has been, 'We are in this together,' so when the pandemic created financial hardships for many of our residents and small businesses, I supported the city's approval of using Alameda County grants and city sponsored zero interest rate loans, as a lifeline to recovery," Brown said.
Brown's campaign platform is focused around that motto as she emphasized supporting residents, small businesses, reasonable housing development and safe drinking water.
She said in the news release that one issue she plans to work on is helping the city meet state mandates for future housing.
"Reasonable and smart growth policies helped to shape Pleasanton into the award-winning community we have today," Brown said.
Most recently Brown and the City Council voted for the return of Pleasanton's First Weekends on Main, which block Main Street from vehicle traffic on the first weekend of each month to support downtown restaurants and retail shops.
She currently serves on the Tri-Valley Water Roundtable and as a liaison to the Zone 7 Water Agency, saying that she is passionate about the quality and supply of water as the state is in the throes of another drought season.
Brown also serves on the Alameda County Mayor's Conference for regional influence and has seats on different transportation boards that support transportation funding for Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley.
She was also selected as the chair of a liaison committee between the city and the Pleasanton Unified School District, which formed new policies for school resource officers to be complimented with mental health clinicians.
"I am endorsing Karla Brown for re-election to her second term as Pleasanton's mayor. Karla is collaborative and respectful to residents and her colleagues on the City Council," Vice Mayor Valerie Arkin said in Brown's news release. "As a mayor, Karla is always prepared, respectful and she works hard to find a common ground where all five of us can offer our support."
Brown promised voters that, just as in 2020, she would turn down campaign donations from "builders and developers that often hope to buy influence" in the 2022 election cycle.
A Pleasanton resident for more that 25 years, Brown is a real estate professional and previously worked for more than 10 years in the semiconductor industry. She holds a bachelor degree in marketing from San Jose State University.
To learn more about Brown and her campaign, visit www.Vote4Karla.com.