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State staffer Dean Wallace announces candidacy for Pleasanton City Council District 1

Says he is excited to put his civic engagement experience to work in hometown

The race for Pleasanton City Council District 1 is officially underway as longtime Tri-Valley resident Dean Wallace has become the second person to announce their candidacy for the Nov. 8 general election.

Dean Wallace has announced that he will run for the Pleasanton City Council District 1 seat in November. (Photo courtesy Wallace)

Wallace, a political staffer who currently works as a district director for Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Berkeley), said in a news release this week that he is excited to put his experience in civic engagement to work.

"Public service and responsive government is my life's great passion, and I'm incredibly excited about this opportunity to serve the people of Pleasanton," he said. "I'm running to bring a forward-looking perspective to the City Council."

Wallace is the second candidate to throw his name in the District 1 race, following Pleasanton Planning Commissioner Jeffrey Nibert, who announced late July that he will be running as well. The deadline to register is Aug. 12.

If elected, it would be Wallace's first time serving in the Pleasanton city government, with no local commission or committee experience.

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Originally born in Ireland, Wallace moved to the United States with his parents when he was a child and obtained full citizenship in 2011. He has worked for several East Bay elected officials over the past decade, including serving as a field director for U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore).

"He was with me when it was just the two of us and a few volunteers knocking on doors to talk to voters -- and by the end of that campaign we had hundreds of volunteers knocking on doors in every neighborhood in Pleasanton and my district," Swalwell said in Wallace's campaign news release. "I know Dean's ready to roll up his sleeves and work hard on behalf of the residents of Pleasanton, because I've already seen him do it."

Wallace said his local and regional relationships will help him achieve his priorities, which include promoting Pleasanton's hometown values, supporting working families and ensuring funding for community services.

He said his plans also include, "smart growth policies, long-term sustainability, and strong public safety for our residents and local businesses."

The November election will be Pleasanton's first time following a district-based format for City Council seats, with District 1 representing the northwest Pleasanton neighborhoods of Highland Oaks, Moller Ranch, Val Vista and Hacienda.

Current Councilmember Kathy Narum's seat on the council, for which she was elected at-large in 2018, has been effectively assigned to District 1 after the conversion to district elections. Narum will be ineligible to run for council in November under the city's term limit law.

As a District 1 resident, Wallace said the district-based election will provide a unique opportunity to represent an area that he says will "play a central role in the writing of Pleasanton's next chapter."

"As someone who graduated from high school in the Tri-Valley, then returned after college to live close to family, I have experienced firsthand the challenges facing our young families and young professionals," he said. "That informs my deeply held belief that our community values must include supporting our high school graduates of tomorrow -- by envisioning a future where they can continue to thrive right here in Pleasanton."

Wallace graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in political science. To learn more about Wallace and his campaign, go to his website at www.DeanWallace.com.

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State staffer Dean Wallace announces candidacy for Pleasanton City Council District 1

Says he is excited to put his civic engagement experience to work in hometown

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Aug 5, 2022, 5:35 am

The race for Pleasanton City Council District 1 is officially underway as longtime Tri-Valley resident Dean Wallace has become the second person to announce their candidacy for the Nov. 8 general election.

Wallace, a political staffer who currently works as a district director for Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (D-Berkeley), said in a news release this week that he is excited to put his experience in civic engagement to work.

"Public service and responsive government is my life's great passion, and I'm incredibly excited about this opportunity to serve the people of Pleasanton," he said. "I'm running to bring a forward-looking perspective to the City Council."

Wallace is the second candidate to throw his name in the District 1 race, following Pleasanton Planning Commissioner Jeffrey Nibert, who announced late July that he will be running as well. The deadline to register is Aug. 12.

If elected, it would be Wallace's first time serving in the Pleasanton city government, with no local commission or committee experience.

Originally born in Ireland, Wallace moved to the United States with his parents when he was a child and obtained full citizenship in 2011. He has worked for several East Bay elected officials over the past decade, including serving as a field director for U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Livermore).

"He was with me when it was just the two of us and a few volunteers knocking on doors to talk to voters -- and by the end of that campaign we had hundreds of volunteers knocking on doors in every neighborhood in Pleasanton and my district," Swalwell said in Wallace's campaign news release. "I know Dean's ready to roll up his sleeves and work hard on behalf of the residents of Pleasanton, because I've already seen him do it."

Wallace said his local and regional relationships will help him achieve his priorities, which include promoting Pleasanton's hometown values, supporting working families and ensuring funding for community services.

He said his plans also include, "smart growth policies, long-term sustainability, and strong public safety for our residents and local businesses."

The November election will be Pleasanton's first time following a district-based format for City Council seats, with District 1 representing the northwest Pleasanton neighborhoods of Highland Oaks, Moller Ranch, Val Vista and Hacienda.

Current Councilmember Kathy Narum's seat on the council, for which she was elected at-large in 2018, has been effectively assigned to District 1 after the conversion to district elections. Narum will be ineligible to run for council in November under the city's term limit law.

As a District 1 resident, Wallace said the district-based election will provide a unique opportunity to represent an area that he says will "play a central role in the writing of Pleasanton's next chapter."

"As someone who graduated from high school in the Tri-Valley, then returned after college to live close to family, I have experienced firsthand the challenges facing our young families and young professionals," he said. "That informs my deeply held belief that our community values must include supporting our high school graduates of tomorrow -- by envisioning a future where they can continue to thrive right here in Pleasanton."

Wallace graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in political science. To learn more about Wallace and his campaign, go to his website at www.DeanWallace.com.

Comments

Mary M.
Registered user
Val Vista
on Aug 5, 2022 at 7:16 am
Mary M., Val Vista
Registered user
on Aug 5, 2022 at 7:16 am

No local commission or committee experience is a plus in my book. Have people watched recent Council and Planning Commission meetings? Out of touch is an understatement. We need some fresh voices.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 5, 2022 at 7:21 am
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 5, 2022 at 7:21 am

No experience, a Swalwell buddy, collusion enthusiast, a progressive no less?

No thank you. The city council in Pleasanton needs another Kathy Narum or another Jack Balch.

The current three vote majority on the Pleasanton council is taking this city down the wrong path. We need real experience, good judgement, sound financial principles candidate.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 5, 2022 at 8:38 am
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 5, 2022 at 8:38 am

All things considered; I wish to hear from Dean Wallace.
I can understand good judgement and will keep an open mind.


[email protected]
Registered user
Birdland
on Aug 5, 2022 at 9:15 am
[email protected], Birdland
Registered user
on Aug 5, 2022 at 9:15 am

(removed as an attack on another commenter that added no personal commentary or new information.)


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 5, 2022 at 10:01 am
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 5, 2022 at 10:01 am

Just for the record, I voted for Hillary against Trump.
I take my news from AP.


Just Another Resident
Registered user
Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 5, 2022 at 11:23 am
Just Another Resident, Pleasanton Valley
Registered user
on Aug 5, 2022 at 11:23 am

If you run for Council without having volunteered for the City before, it tells me that it's all about your ego. No thanks.

Start by helping the city in lower-key ways where no one is watching and then we'll talk.


dknute
Registered user
Golden Eagle
on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:08 pm
dknute, Golden Eagle
Registered user
on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:08 pm

Not a Wallace fan after reading his pitch in this edition. Sounds like exactly what we Don’t need on the council. Someone with no city experience, works for state representative from Berkeley, Swalwell volunteer. Three strikes. No thanks.
The Council needs people on who want to continue to keep Pleasanton as a great place to live and work. A working City. Pleasanton is pleasant now. We’d like to keep it that.


Local Citizen
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 6, 2022 at 11:28 am
Local Citizen, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 6, 2022 at 11:28 am

Friend of Swalwell and Wicks? No thanks, he won’t get my vote.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 6, 2022 at 5:29 pm
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 6, 2022 at 5:29 pm

Dean Wallace has reached out.
More info pending.
Stay Tuned.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 7, 2022 at 11:49 am
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 7, 2022 at 11:49 am

I wish to hear from Jeffrey Nibert.
Jeffrey Nibert is also candidate for district one in Pleasanton.

I have received excellent, positive, and forward-looking response from Dean Wallace.


MichaelB
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 8, 2022 at 9:14 am
MichaelB, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 8, 2022 at 9:14 am

"I have received excellent, positive, and forward-looking response from Dean Wallace."

What was "excellent" and "positive" - and how does that change anything? Regardless of the content of the response, you can already predict what you are going to get from him based on his background (associations with Wicks and Swalwell) if he gets elected.

Expect support for every left-wing ("forward looking") position you can think of: increased spending, higher taxes, more regulations on businesses, "reimagining" (defunding) the police, a predictable accusation of "systemic racism" in the community and the subsequent need for "equity", more gun control, more environmental regulations, etc.


keeknlinda
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Aug 8, 2022 at 10:01 am
keeknlinda, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Aug 8, 2022 at 10:01 am

@MichaelB better than supporting Pamela Price.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 8, 2022 at 4:37 pm
Michael Austin , Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Aug 8, 2022 at 4:37 pm

Michael B. Keeknlinda touched on it.

I have been informed from multiple sources that Jeffrey Nibert donated money to Pamela Price. Julie Testa has endorsed Pamela Price, and Julie Testa has endorsed Jeffrey Nibert. I asked Jeffrey Nibert to reach out, he has not responded.

After some feedback from Dean Wallace, I believe Dean Wallace is the best candidate for district one. From Dean Wallace, "I am, indeed, a democrat. I get the sense that this means there are bound to be some things where we may not see eye-to-eye when it comes to state or national politics. I do want to make that clear upfront because I won't shy away from the fact that I'm a democrat, nor will I attempt to lie or water down that fact to curry anyone's favor."


Kyle_B
Registered user
Downtown
on Sep 24, 2022 at 10:57 am
Kyle_B, Downtown
Registered user
on Sep 24, 2022 at 10:57 am

I'd wouldn't be quick to judge Dean Wallace. Having spoken with him at length I can tell you he appears to have sound judgement and an energy level far in excess of current leadership. He has been endorsed by councilmembers and other elected representatives from both sides of the aisle. This is about Pleasanton, not blue versus red. I encourage certain of the folks posting above to check out who has endorsed him. I believe the people mentioned like Jack Balch and Kathy Narum support him in this election.


Bay Area Native
Registered user
Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 8, 2022 at 3:45 pm
Bay Area Native, Pleasanton Valley
Registered user
on Oct 8, 2022 at 3:45 pm

"I have been informed from multiple (unnamed) sources that Jeffrey Nibert donated money to Pamela Price." Campaign donations are public information. I looked at Pamela Price's 2022 460's and I did not see a donation from Jeff Nibert though maybe I missed it. Jeff Nibert is not listed as an endorsement on Pamela's Prices website (though she does proudly list numerous "activists", "survivors of police violence" and Julie Testa).

Julie Testa endorsed both Pamela Price and Jeff Nibert therefore Jeff Nibert = Pamela Price? Seriously? Jeff Nibert was likely endorsed by Julie Testa for the same reasons that Valerie Arkin and Karla Brown endorsed him.

People spread falsehoods all the time about candidates through either ignorance or a desire to harm a candidate they oppose. BTW If you don't live in District 1 you can't vote for Jeff Nibert, Dean Wallace or anyone else for that District.


factchecker
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2022 at 5:10 pm
factchecker, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Oct 8, 2022 at 5:10 pm

Jeff Nibert donated to Pamela Price in 2021. Web Link The 2021 460 for Pamela Price lists the donation as well.

At the AC Democratic Central Committee meeting, in order to get the proposed endorsement of Dean Wallace off consent, Jeff Nibert had to turn to Pamela Price in order to get the required 5 votes. BTW, Wallace earned the endorsement by almost 3 to 1 over Nibert.

In return, Nibert supported endorsing Pamela Price for DA. (Neither candidate for DA received the required 60% votes needed for the endorsement.)

While Nibert may not be listed on Price's endorsement page, he certainly turned to her for help in seeking the party endorsement.


factchecker
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2022 at 5:26 pm
factchecker, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Oct 8, 2022 at 5:26 pm

Here's the link to Pamela Price's 460s. Check the 460 filed on 1/31/22, page 14 for the reporting of the donation. Web Link


Bay Area Native
Registered user
Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 10, 2022 at 1:40 pm
Bay Area Native, Pleasanton Valley
Registered user
on Oct 10, 2022 at 1:40 pm

Factchecker:

Thank you for the detail on which 460 had the donation. I definitely missed it (a lot to go through). Good information.


factchecker
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 10, 2022 at 8:36 pm
factchecker, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Oct 10, 2022 at 8:36 pm

Bay Area Native

You're welcome. I believe in facts and debate the issues. its too bad in this race Nibert has had to resort to things that aren't the issues in this race such as who Wallace's boss is as one example.


Jeff Nibert
Registered user
Stoneridge
on Oct 15, 2022 at 12:37 pm
Jeff Nibert, Stoneridge
Registered user
on Oct 15, 2022 at 12:37 pm

(Removed because it violates our terms of use and contained inaccurate information.)

For the record, I have donated to both Terry Wiley and Pamela Price.
Those of us who care deeply about democracy and about electing qualified leaders to tackle the challenging problems we face should talk with our fellow voters. We each should research the candidates’ experience and positions. We should access Voters Edge, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, and each make up our own mind.


keeknlinda
Registered user
Vintage Hills
on Oct 15, 2022 at 2:06 pm
keeknlinda, Vintage Hills
Registered user
on Oct 15, 2022 at 2:06 pm

Whoever it is, Factchecker simply responded to Bay Area Native regarding Pamela Price donations. There is no misinterpretation of facts. Bay Area Native couldn't locate the donation, Factchecker did, and said so. Nibert donated and Factchecker showed us the link to the record.
As far as a "hidden Twitter account" goes, seriously? I just typed in the name of Jeff Nibert's opponent and it came right up, photo and all!
Factchecker did exactly what candidate Nibert advises: researched the candidates' positions. The accusation of "misinterpretation" lacking evidence, publically attempting to "out" a registered user of the Pleasanton Weekly's Town Square forum (no matter who it is), and suggesting something untoward about a Twitter account for his opponent aren't examples of the kind of integrity I expect of elected officials.


Mary M.
Registered user
Val Vista
on Oct 15, 2022 at 4:02 pm
Mary M., Val Vista
Registered user
on Oct 15, 2022 at 4:02 pm

Mr. Jeff Nibert, is it true that Pamela Price has been your biggest supporter on the Democratic Party Central Committee? And is it true that you also believe that being endorsed by the Pleasanton Police Association should be disqualifying?

Who are you voting for DA? It is my understanding that you voted for Pamela Price to be endorsed by the party just last month, and that she voted for you. Is what is written below correct? How out of touch.

"ALAMEDA COUNTY DEMOCRATS

—This week. district attorney candidate Pamela Price lashed out yet again at the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee for what she believes is their intransigence toward of a resolution approved by the group in 2020 aimed at ridding the party of police union money and endorsements

—Price’s comments and other central committee member’s statements were including in a private email thread used by local Alameda County Democratic officials, and obtained by the East Bay Insiders

—Price correctly identified the recent action of Dean Wallace, a candidate for the Pleasanton City Council who was endorsed last month by the Alameda County Democratic Party. Wallace subsequently accepted the Pleasanton Police Officer’s Association’s endorsement, which the resolution forbids

—The timing here is important since the party’s resolution specifically lays out that local Democrats who accept contributions or endorsements from law enforcement groups will not even be considered for the local party’s endorsement.

—Jeff Nibert, a member of the central committee and Wallace’s opponent in the Pleasanton City Council race, added, “I also agree that it was strongly implied an endorsement would be denied if a candidate accepted police money or police endorsement. We all know, whether implied or explicit, this means, ‘Don't do it!’ What is particularly troubling is when one candidate in a contest makes a determination to refuse to interview for police endorsement, while the other seeks and accepts police endorsement."


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