Sitting Pleasanton City Councilman Jerry Pentin announced Thursday that he will be seeking elevated office with the city by running for the mayor's seat in the fall when he is terming out of his current position.
A second-term council member who works in media production and served in the military, Pentin said as mayor he would continue to champion local initiatives, advocate for responsible growth, prioritize sound fiscal decision-making and play "an active role in driving programs and policies that make Pleasanton one of the safest and most desirable communities in the nation."
"Addressing the pressing issues around traffic, schools, economic development, public safety and affordable housing is a challenge, and I've met these challenges," Pentin said in a statement launching his campaign.
"With your support, I will continue to represent Pleasanton with fiscal responsibility, common-sense values, and a collaborative work ethic. I will continue to work with the council and our city staff to prepare, plan and preserve the future of Pleasanton," he added.
Pentin's announcement sets the stage for a showdown with fellow City Council member Karla Brown, who is also terming out and running for mayor. Though they've served the maximum number of terms allowed for regular council positions under the city's term limit law, each is eligible to serve up to eight more years on the council as mayor.
They are the only two candidates so far to declare their intent to seek the mayor's chair, which will be fully up for grabs since incumbent Mayor Jerry Thorne is termed out this year.
Part of a crowded municipal ballot for the Nov. 3 general election, four candidates have thrown their hat into the ring for the two regular council seats (four-year terms) that are opening up this fall -- the positions held by Pentin and Brown.
Pentin first earned election to the City Council in 2012 and was re-elected in 2016. Before that, he served on the city's Planning Commission (2009-12) and Parks and Recreation Commission (2003-09).
"I've worked hard over the past 25 years as your representative on the city council, commissions, task forces and committees taking on the challenges, facing the tough decisions and working towards supporting what is best for Pleasanton, today and for our future generations," Pentin said on his campaign website.
"I believe I have served this city the best I can. I've done my homework, studied the issues, met with both sides on many issues before the council and then voted for what is best for all residents of Pleasanton," he added.
Among top accomplishments during his city service, Pentin pointed to task force work for the Firehouse Arts Center and Callippe Preserve Golf Course, participating in downtown planning updates, supporting the new anti-vaping ordinance and advocating on the city's behalf with the State Legislature.
Citing other priorities for his mayoral campaign, he said strengthening the city's partnership with the school district, supporting complete streets updates, planning for a new library and city facilities, protecting city open space and ridgelines, and pushing to stop "rampant growth" required by state legislation and Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).
A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who has spent his long civilian career in media production, currently operating his business Spring Street Studios HD out of downtown Pleasanton, Pentin and his wife have lived for the past 30 years in Pleasanton, where they raised their daughter.
To learn more about Pentin and his campaign, visit www.votepentin.com.