Pleasanton Weekly

News - September 2, 2011

Thorne to seek Pleasanton mayor's post in next year's municipal election

Campaign to start Oct. 6 at Fairgrounds breakfast

by Jeb Bing

With Election Day still more than 14 months away, Councilman Jerry Thorne announced this week that he is a candidate for mayor of Pleasanton, aiming to succeed Mayor Jennifer Hosterman whose eight-year term as mayor expires then.

Thorne said he will make his official announcement Thursday, Oct. 6, at a campaign breakfast at the Palm Pavilion at the Alameda County Fairgrounds. An invitation to the event was sent on Facebook so that supporters can lock in the date.

While it's still early in the November 2012 political season, national candidates already are vying for votes for primaries that come much earlier. Both Representatives Pete Stark (D-Fremont) and Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) have announced their re-election bids for their newly created congressional districts.

Thorne is the first to declare his candidacy for mayor of Pleasanton, but fellow City Council Member Cheryl Cook-Kallio is expected to follow shortly. Both were re-elected to four-year terms on the council in November 2010 so would be running from "safe" seats, meaning that even if they lose the mayor's bid they would continue serving on the council for another two years.

Besides Hosterman, the terms of council members Cindy McGovern and Matt Sullivan are also set to expire in November 2012 after both have completed eight years on the council. This will mark one of the few times that three council posts -- the mayor and two council members -- are termed out at the same time.

Either McGovern, who lost in her bid to unseat Hosterman two years ago, or Sullivan are eligible to seek the mayor's post. The mayor must stand for election every two years with an eight-year term limit.

First elected to the council in 2005 to fill the seat vacated by Councilwoman Jennifer Hosterman, who had been elected mayor, Thorne won the most votes in his first four-year-term election the following year.

He was re-elected last year, leading the race from the start, finishing with 14,201 votes, or 33.56 of the total number of votes cast in the City Council race. Cook-Kallio received 12,009 votes, or 28.3% of those cast.

In the 2010 council election, two other candidates also competed. Realtor Karla Brown received 11,234 votes, or 26.47%, in her first bid for political office. Fred Watson trailed with 4,928 votes, or 11.6%, in his first bid for a council seat.

In that election, Hosterman was re-elected mayor with 13,693 votes, or 53.36%, of the votes cast, with challenger McGovern receiving 11,963 votes, or 46.5%.

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