That's not to say that the other three candidates also seeking election to the council shouldn't be considered. We just think they need more savvy in handling the multitude of issues the council must tackle. Olivia Sanwong became active in municipal service a few months ago, and is now on the city's important Economic Vitality and Cultural Steering Plan committees. She's also working with the Amador Valley High School "We the People" team to prepare them for national competition in Washington late this month. As a a senior at Amador, she was on the team that took second place nationally in 1996. Sanwong wants to bring 21st century skills to the City Council. No doubt her technology-savvy capabilities would help, but after she's had a few more years on city advisory committees.
David Miller is a successful Silicon Valley businessman and an occasional critic at meetings of the council and board meetings in the Pleasanton school district, which his three children attend. His campaign has focused on keeping taxes in check, reducing the city's employee pension liabilities and making council and city staff considerations more transparent. We like his enthusiasm but would like to see him interact with members on a commission or two -- and there are plenty of vacancies -- before trying his hand on the council.
Mark Hamilton is a 24-year Marine veteran, the financial services director for a large Pleasanton company and the volunteer wrestling coach at Amador Valley High. He has strong credentials in all these fields. When asked why we haven't seen him around town, he suggested we weren't looking in the right places. As mentioned above, there are numerous community and sports committees that could use his help. We'd like to see him there before moving to the council.
We find it interesting that Kathy Narum is being criticized for having views similar to those on the council. In a city with a balanced budget and $25 million in reserves, low unemployment and a living standard that's been nationally recognized as one of the best for a city our size, we're not looking for change. We want leaders who will keep on this successful economic and quality of life track for years to come. Narum has those leadership qualities. Vote for her.