It’s a head-scratcher. Education is our No. 1 concern as parents, yet 90 percent of voters do not vote in school board elections. Less than 150 voters showed up for the 2019 Pleasanton ISD school board election. Voter turnout in May for mayoral and city councilmembers is notoriously low as well.
Your vote on a local level counts far greater compared to voting for a US president, senator or congressperson. The stakes are high. Who you choose to vote for in this May election will have a direct impact on your child’s education and on how effectively your city operates and functions.
Early Voting for the May 1 General Election is April 19-27. The Pleasanton
Express is printing a Voters’ Information Guide in next week’s April 14 issue. This is a FREE, public service for all mayoral, city council and school board candidates running for office.
Opposed candidates for the May 1 Election are:
• Pleasanton Mayoral Candidates: Britni Van Curan and Clinton J. Powell
• Pleasanton Councilmember District 6: Jennifer Garcia and Jeanne Israel
• 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
• Poteet Mayoral Candidates: Incumbent Willie Leal Jr., Robert Enriquez, Denise Sanchez and Nicholas Sanchez.
• Poteet Councilmember Place 4: Jeremy Fernandez and Melinda J. Orta
• Poteet Councilmember Place 5: Incumbent Jesse M. Leal and Crystal Bautista
The goal of the Voters’ Information Guide is to help voters learn about candidate qualifications, plans and positions. Each opposed candidate has been sent a list of questions to answer pertaining to their respective race for office. All answers as well as a headshot of each candidate submitted will be published in the Voters’ Info Guide.
Candidates, the deadline to turn in your answers and photo has been moved to Friday, April 9 at 5 p.m. For any questions, please contact Pleasanton Express News Editor Rebecca Pesqueda at email@example.com.