By Jerry Thorne
It has been my honor and privilege to serve you as your Council member and three terms as vice mayor since I was first elected in 2005. You honored me by reelecting me in 2006 and 2010 with more votes than any other candidate for local office in Pleasanton.
Prior to being elected to the City Council, I served you for a full decade as a Parks and Recreation commissioner, bringing my total formal public service to 17 years.
In addition to my public service, I spent over 40 years in the private sector with the last 26 years in management with a Fortune 100 company, where I was personally responsible and accountable for hundreds of people and large sums of money.
This combination of public and private leadership experience uniquely qualifies me to lead the city of Pleasanton into the future and accept the responsibility and accountability for the challenges we face.
This is a critical time for the residents of Pleasanton. It is imperative that we create a truly balanced budget, provide our valued city employees with a truly sustainable pension program that will not burden our children and grandchildren with debt, maintain our high quality-of-life standards, partner with our school district to continue to provide a quality education for our children and protect our current and future citizens from unfair debt and taxes.
I have a clear vision of Pleasanton going forward over the next several years. This vision is based on years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors and the input I have received from citizens like you.
My service as mayor of Pleasanton will be focused on what is best for Pleasanton. I have no interest in higher partisan office and my efforts will protect our city and its rights to local control of local issues.
To achieve this, I will continue to work with regional efforts that impact Pleasanton and the region. To date, regional leaders have elected me to leadership roles in a variety of agencies, boards and committees that impact Pleasanton. The most recent include the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, Livermore Amador Valley Water Management Agency and the League of California Cities.
In conclusion, I am the best prepared and best qualified candidate to be mayor of Pleasanton.
Visit my website at www.jerrythorne.com and please vote for Jerry Thorne for Mayor of Pleasanton on Nov. 6.