Correspondent

PLEASANTON -- The city of Pleasanton will have four names on a special election ballot in May to decide who will fill the city council seat left vacant by former council member Jerry Thorne's election as mayor in November.

Businessman Mark Hamilton, Silicon Valley executive David Miller, businesswoman and current planning commissioner Kathy Narum and market research analyst Olivia Sanwong will vie for the seat on a mail-in only election ballot due May 7.

Pleasanton adopted an ordinance in 1996 that calls for a special election to fill the vacancy of either a council or the mayoral seat under these circmstances.

Thorne's seat runs through November 2014 and the cost of the election is expected to be $250,000 charged by Alameda County to coordinate the election.



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