PLEASANTON -- With similar voting records while on the city council and having both lived in Pleasanton for decades, it could be hard to for voters to choose between mayoral candidates Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne.
Top priorities for Cook-Kallio include public safety, housing and transportation.
For Thorne, his main campaign points include balancing the city budget, land development on the city's east side and a sustainable financial plan for public safety employees.
Both candidates have acknowledged that while temporary agreements are in place to keep pension plans stable, more negotiating will be needed. Stability is key, both candidates stress.
Cook-Kallio and Thorne also are strong advocates of moving forward with developing Pleasanton Gardens and Kottinger Place to improve senior housing in the city. They both have stated that as mayor, they would get work started to renovate the senior housing sites, and that the work has taken far too long already.
And while both candidates have similar platforms, Cook-Kallio and Thorne differ on one major talking point -- a transportation tax.
Pleasanton has seen an increase in the number of commuters along areas like Highway 84 and East Stanley Boulevard, the candidates agree. But Cook-Kallio and Thorne differ greatly on how the completion of those projects should be handled.
Cook-Kallio supports Measure B, a county tax initiative that would greatly help to fund the projects. Though the tax is in perpetuity, Cook-Kallio said the tax is worth it because there will always be funds needed for transportation projects.
Thorne, however, opposes Measure B, primarily because there was no sunshine clause for the tax ensuring the tax would end once construction of the roads was finished.
If there had been a sunshine clause, Thorne said, he would have spearheaded any support efforts to ensure Measure B passes in November.
Come Nov. 6, either Cook-Kallio or Thorne will be mayor. Both, however, will remain on council as neither will be termed-out.
Contact Katie Nelson at 925-847-2164 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.
Occupation: Teaches at Irvington High School in Fremont
Civic Involvement: Has served on the Pleasanton City Council since 2006, ; Various committees and commissions, including the City of Pleasanton Audit Committee, the Dublin Liaison Committee, the School District Liaison Committee, Association of Bay Area Governments and the League of California Cities-East Bay Division.
Education: Bachelor of arts in history, University of North Carolina, Charlotte; master of arts degree in history, CSU San Jose. Teaching credentials in social science and English, supplemental credential in Spanish
Occupation: Retired. Thorne worked for 26 years with Agilent Technologies and Hewlett-Packard Corporation in operations management.
Civic Involvement: Has served on the Pleasanton City Council since 2005. Served on the Parks and Recreation Commission, now serves on the League of California Cities board of directors, Pleasanton Economic Vitality Committee, the Pleasanton City Council/School Board Liaison Committee and the Pleasanton Financial Audit Committee.
Education: Bachelor's degree in chemistry and zoology, University of Tennessee; also attended USF for graduate courses in environmental toxicology.