There are also challenged elections for Dublin and Livermore Valley school boards, while the San Ramon Valley and Sunol-Glen school district races were like the one in Pleasanton -- no contested elections, so candidates will be directly appointed without appearing on the ballot.
Livermore Mayor John Marchand is facing a lone challenger in his re-election bid, local businessman Josh Laine, a U.S. Marines veteran who owns Valor Winery in Livermore.
With two seats up for election on the Livermore City Council, incumbent Bob Woerner is seeking re-election but Councilman Steven Spedowfski bowed out -- and has not yet confirmed why he didn't run again.
The four challengers in the race are estate planning attorney Rosmary Bartsch, social science researcher Trish Munro, architect Neal Pann and chief technology officer Brent Siler.
In Dublin, Mayor David Haubert is being challenged by Councilman Arun Goel, whose council seat is not up for election this year (he was elected two years ago).
Two Dublin City Council seats will change hands with incumbent Abe Gupta not seeking re-election, saying he wants to spend more time with his family, including 2-year-old son. Councilwoman Janine Thalblum, appointed to the seat in April after Vice Mayor Don Biddle's death, followed through on her vow not to seek a full four-year term this fall.
The five candidates for two seats in Dublin are customer service representative Shawn Costello, retired state accounting officer Jim Firmeza, educator Jean Josey, project controls manager and Dubliners United leader Bobby Khullar, and Shawn Kumagai, a consultant and master chief petty officer in the Navy Reserve.
San Ramon will see at least one new face serve on its City Council with incumbent Harry Sachs' decision to not run for re-election.
The four candidates campaigning for the two available City Council seats are incumbent Councilman David Hudson, open space committee member Aparna Madireddi, parks commissioner Sridhar Verose and tech executive Sabina Zafar.
San Ramon residents will have a contested mayoral election to vote on as well, with political newcomer Sanat Sethy challenging Mayor Bill Clarkson in his bid for a fourth and final term as the city's top elected official.
In Danville, incumbent Town Council members Karen Stepper and Robert Storer are being challenged by resident Ram Namburi for the two available seats.
This November marks a first for the Dublin Unified School District as it's the inaugural election with board trustees elected by geographic area, after the district moved away from at-large seats.
For Trustee Area 2, incumbent Megan Rouse is running against parent Erin Herrera. For Trustee Area 5, incumbent Dan Cherrier faces retail manager Dominic Piegaro.
Three challengers (contract specialist Chung Bothwell, parent Emily Prusso and parent/manager Dave Vonheeder) are competing against three incumbents (Craig Bueno, Kate Runyon and Anne White) for Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees.
For Sunol-Glen Unified School District Governing Board, parent/medical assistant Liz Monti and rancher/retired firefighter Mike Picard were the only two candidates to file for the two-seat election. Those positions are currently held by board members Don Ball and Victoria Cloutier.
The story was similar for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, where only incumbents Rachel Hurd, Ken Mintz and Susanna Ordway submitted candidacy papers and were reappointed.
Pleasanton's seats on the Chabot-Las Positas Community College District board weren't up for election this year. Donald "Dobie" Gelles (Trustee Area 4) and Hal Gin (Area 6) were unchallenged, but in Area 3, appointed incumbent Genevieve Randolph is being challenged by Union City Planning Commission
Five challengers will compete for the two available board seats on the Dublin San Ramon Services District, which provides water and wastewater services to Dublin and parts of San Ramon as well as sewer service to Pleasanton by contract.
Incumbent Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold will face off against challengers James Brady (facilities manager), Richard Jesse (retired electronics engineer), Ann Marie Johnson (environmental project manager) and Chuck Haupt (nonprofit director). Incumbent Pat Howard chose not to seek re-election after 14 years on the board.
Livermore Area Recreation and Park District isn't appearing on the ballot as the only candidates to join the race were the three incumbents: Maryalice Summers Faltings, David Furst and Philip Pierpont.
Pleasanton's representative seat on the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors, for Ward Area 5, will be up for election as incumbent Ayn Wieskamp has been challenged by small business owner Dev Gandhi.
Three races are also held over from the June primary, including Alameda County assessor in which Newark real estate tax attorney Phong La is competing against Jim Johnson, chief of the Assessor's Assessment Services Division.
Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-Dublin) is running against attorney and political newcomer Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda).
U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) is facing off against Republican challenger Rudy Peters, a business owner from Livermore.
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