How can you tell if someone running for local office is qualified and will do a good job? If you are lucky, you know the candidate personally and are privy to their work ethic and qualifications. If not, a Meet the Candidate Forum is a great way to get to know your candidate better plus have the opportunity to meet them face to face.
Pleasanton’s Meet the Candidate Forum will be held Monday, April 12, 7-8;30 p.m. at the Pleasanton Civic Center. The event is hosted by the Pleasanton Express and the moderator is Rhonda Williamson, Executive Director, Safer Path. The event is open to the public. The candidates invited are:
Mayoral Candidates: Britni Van Curan and Clinton J. Powell
Councilmember District 6: Jennifer Garcia and Jeanne Israel
Unopposed councilmember candidates: Incumbent Ismael “JR” Gallegos (District 4) and Lillian Cashmer (District 5)
Pleasanton ISD District 3 Trustee: Paul Bernal, Ernest Gonzales Jr. and Patrick Hurley Jr.
Pleasanton ISD District 6 Trustee: Felipa Garza (incumbent) and Jessica Tom
Unopposed incumbent Blasa F. Chapa Pleasanton ISD District 1 Board of Trustees and unopposed candidate Loren Gillespie District 4 Board of Trustees
Opposed candidates will be asked the following questions:
City Council and Mayor
1. Do you think our main street/downtown is healthy and successful? If not, what would you do to change that?
2. How do you plan to involve residents in the decision-making process in our town?
3. If someone came to you with a proposal to build a new piece of public infrastructure in our city (road, bridge, etc.) how would you evaluate whether that project was worth implementing?
4. If elected, what three steps would you take to put keep our city on firm financial footing?
5. If you could change one thing in our zoning code, what would it be and why?
6. How will your constituents be able to reach you with questions and concerns?
7. What do you love about Pleasanton, Texas?
School Board Questions
1. Why are you running for School Board? If elected, what will be your priorities?
2. Is there a particular issue that motivates you to serve on the board of education?
3. What particular experiences or skills have prepared you to serve as a board member?
4. In what school district or community activities/ organizations have you been involved?
5. What differentiates you from the other candidates and/or board members?
6. Do you have opinions/ ideas about Trade School career paths at PISD?
7. How will those in your District be able to reach you with questions and concerns?
Unopposed candidates are invited to introduce themselves and share their qualifications and vision.
Early Voting begins April 19-27, and the election is Saturday, May 1. The Pleasanton Express will publish a Voters’ Information Guide in the April 14 issue that will provide key election information such as dates, voting places and candidate information.