Pleasanton City Councilmember Julie Testa confirmed on Tuesday that she would be running for re-election in November, this time vying to represent City Council District 3 upon the city's conversion to district-based elections.
Testa, a longtime community advocate for city planning and school overcrowding, was elected to the council at-large in November 2018 and served as vice mayor in 2021.
Some of Testa's priorities for a new term, according to her campaign statement, would be positioning resident interests over special interests; protecting Pleasanton's historic downtown, small-town character and excellent livability; and supporting public safety resources.
"Over 30 years ago my husband and I moved to Pleasanton to raise our family," Testa said in a news release. "I love belonging to a 'village' where neighbors care, truly care, helping and sharing with each other. My role on the council is to retain what we value in our amazing community for our next generation of families."
The Nov. 8 election will be Pleasanton's first in a district-based format for City Council seats. District 3 represents the southwestern part of the city, including where Testa resides. Joel Liu, chair of the city's Committee on Energy and the Environment, is challenging Testa for the District 3 position.
According to her news release, Testa said she is working on a statewide effort to push back on housing growth mandates that "threaten the careful balance of infrastructure and services that make Pleasanton wonderful."
"The state has mandated exponential housing growth across the state. Pleasanton is committed to reasonable growth focusing on needed low-income housing, but we can and must push back on state overreach," Testa said. "I ask residents to join me in a statewide effort to retain local authority."
Her other priorities include improving schools, public safety, water quality and conservation, and fiscal responsibility.
Something that Testa said she was most proud of was her contribution and advocacy for the alternative crisis response program. Set to launch this month, the program will designate mental health clinicians to accompany police officers who respond to calls for help when a person is experiencing a mental health crisis.
"This program frees officers to perform law enforcement responsibilities while supporting our residents with positive outcomes," Testa said. "The program is a win-win for everyone involved -- those in crisis, their families, our outstanding first responders and all Pleasanton residents."
Testa has lived in Pleasanton for the last 34 years where she served on the city's Human Services Commission for 11 years. She was also a board member for Tri-Valley REACH, an organization that provides housing opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities, and the Tri-Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Testa represents Pleasanton on more than 10 regional boards and subcommittees, including the East Bay Division of the League of California Cities and the Tri-Valley Affordable Housing Committee.
Apart from serving on the City Council, she owns and runs a small business with her husband, Nick, according to her bio page on the city website. She has three sons who all attended Pleasanton schools and are now University of California grads.
To learn more about Testa and her campaign, visit JulieTesta.com -- however her campaign website is not yet active as of Tuesday.