Questions answered at the Pleasanton candidate forum

Monday night, mayoral, city council and school board candidates for the upcoming May election took the stage at the Pleasanton Civic Center to speak in their own words about their vision and plans for their new office if elected.

More than 70 residents attended the event hosted by the Pleasanton Express and moderated by Rhonda Williamson, Executive Director, Safer Path. The candidates were asked a series of seven questions and given two minutes to answer each one.

Before the evening began, Mayor Travis Hall addressed the crowd with some sad news.

“I was very saddened this morning when I heard of the passing of a native son of Pleasanton, Robert Earl Wood,” said Mayor Hall. “Robert Earl was a sitting councilman, District 5. I had spoken to Robert Earl a few weeks ago and he told me he was looking forward to coming tonight. He said that I am hoping I get better. I want to be there because I know how important this is. Robert Earl was terming out next month and he had been on the council with me for six years. He led District 5 enthusiastically, honorably and fair. He is certainly going to be missed.” Mayor Hall said that funeral services are pending.

If you missed the candidate forum, please go to the Pleasanton Express Facebook page to view the event videos. The mayor’s portion is tagged at the top. Scroll down to find the videos for the city council and school board. Please share and comment too!

Most importantly, do not assume that your candidate will win. You must get out and vote. Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to do so as well. Early Voting starts April 19 through April 27. Early voting for the city is held at Pleasanton City Hall from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Extended hours will be Tuesday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 27, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Early voting for School Board will be held at the PISD Central Office from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Extended hours will be Tuesday, April 20 and Tuesday, April 27, from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

On election day, May 1, both the city and PISD polling places are at the Pleasanton Civic Center, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

In this week’s Pleasanton Express, you will find a Voters’ Guide that provides helpful information about the candidates, early voting, polling places, dates and hours. New to this voter’s guide is a series of questions answered by each candidate to help you get to know them better. They answer questions in their voice, so you have an opportunity to get to know the candidate on a deeper level.

On Wednesday evening, from 4 -7 p.m., the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Meet and Greet the Candidates at the Chamber log cabin. Come mix and mingle with the candidates and community. It is a come and go. Have some delicious finger foods and drinks on the back porch. Let’s keep moving Pleasanton forward.

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