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Narum confirms she won't run for Pleasanton mayor

Despite initiating campaign, COVID-19 economy forced her to reconsider this year

Pleasanton Vice Mayor Kathy Narum has decided not to run for the open mayor's seat this November because of COVID-19 impacts on her "day job," managing her family's commercial property business in Iowa.

Narum, who is in the middle of her second full term on the City Council, had deeply contemplated a run for mayor and begun some initial campaigning earlier this year, but she said the pandemic forced her to reconsider.

"Faced with the realization that I'm not going to be able to commit adequate time to campaign, I have made the difficult decision to not run for mayor this year. It simply isn't the right time for me," Narum said.

"However, I do want residents to know that I still have two years plus left on my City Council term. I will continue to be fully engaged during those years working to advance policies that ensure the health and well-being of our community so that Pleasanton continues to be a special place to call home," she added.

The mayor's seat will be fully up for grabs on the Nov. 3 ballot with incumbent Mayor Jerry Thorne ineligible to run again because of the city's term limit law.

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Sitting City Council members Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin, who are terming out of regular council seats this fall, each publicly announced their campaigns for mayor last week, becoming the first candidates to enter the mayor race. Four candidates have also launched bids to compete for the two regular council seats being vacated by Pentin and Brown.

Narum had been poised to put her name on the ballot for mayor this fall too, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed that plan.

"I manage my family’s commercial property business in Iowa as my 'day job.' The restrictions placed on commercial businesses, as well as the restrictions on property owners due to the virus have made my job very challenging where I am spending far more time on it than ever before," she said.

"I had anticipated that after a month or so, time requirements would return to more normal levels. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and I now realize that certain aspects of our business are going to continue to require increasing time commitments for several months," Narum added.

Narum said she is still strictly prioritizing her City Council duties during this time, and for the remaining 2-1/2 years on her final term (due to term limits).

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"These include health and safety especially in light of Covid-19, strengthening our economy both for residents and businesses and continued collaboration with our school district," she said. "I look forward to being able to have coffee and conversation with residents again to discuss ideas/issues to make Pleasanton an even better place to live."

As part of announcing her withdrawal from mayor consideration in 2020, Narum also publicly endorsed Pentin's campaign.

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Narum confirms she won't run for Pleasanton mayor

Despite initiating campaign, COVID-19 economy forced her to reconsider this year

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Sun, Jun 21, 2020, 10:47 pm

Pleasanton Vice Mayor Kathy Narum has decided not to run for the open mayor's seat this November because of COVID-19 impacts on her "day job," managing her family's commercial property business in Iowa.

Narum, who is in the middle of her second full term on the City Council, had deeply contemplated a run for mayor and begun some initial campaigning earlier this year, but she said the pandemic forced her to reconsider.

"Faced with the realization that I'm not going to be able to commit adequate time to campaign, I have made the difficult decision to not run for mayor this year. It simply isn't the right time for me," Narum said.

"However, I do want residents to know that I still have two years plus left on my City Council term. I will continue to be fully engaged during those years working to advance policies that ensure the health and well-being of our community so that Pleasanton continues to be a special place to call home," she added.

The mayor's seat will be fully up for grabs on the Nov. 3 ballot with incumbent Mayor Jerry Thorne ineligible to run again because of the city's term limit law.

Sitting City Council members Karla Brown and Jerry Pentin, who are terming out of regular council seats this fall, each publicly announced their campaigns for mayor last week, becoming the first candidates to enter the mayor race. Four candidates have also launched bids to compete for the two regular council seats being vacated by Pentin and Brown.

Narum had been poised to put her name on the ballot for mayor this fall too, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed that plan.

"I manage my family’s commercial property business in Iowa as my 'day job.' The restrictions placed on commercial businesses, as well as the restrictions on property owners due to the virus have made my job very challenging where I am spending far more time on it than ever before," she said.

"I had anticipated that after a month or so, time requirements would return to more normal levels. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and I now realize that certain aspects of our business are going to continue to require increasing time commitments for several months," Narum added.

Narum said she is still strictly prioritizing her City Council duties during this time, and for the remaining 2-1/2 years on her final term (due to term limits).

"These include health and safety especially in light of Covid-19, strengthening our economy both for residents and businesses and continued collaboration with our school district," she said. "I look forward to being able to have coffee and conversation with residents again to discuss ideas/issues to make Pleasanton an even better place to live."

As part of announcing her withdrawal from mayor consideration in 2020, Narum also publicly endorsed Pentin's campaign.

Comments

JC
Valley Trails
on Jun 22, 2020 at 9:55 am
JC, Valley Trails
on Jun 22, 2020 at 9:55 am
4 people like this

Good. Her record of representing the community over personal interests is highly questionable, we do not want this person in the driver seat.


Devoted
Downtown
on Jun 22, 2020 at 10:27 am
Devoted, Downtown
on Jun 22, 2020 at 10:27 am
9 people like this

Couldn't disagree more with JC in Valley Trails and would like to know specifically what personal interest Narum has promoted over the course of her long and committed tenure of public service? I have only seen Councilmember Narum show up for the City of Pleasanton and never for her personal gain.


Elderly Shelterer
Vintage Hills
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:12 am
Elderly Shelterer, Vintage Hills
on Jun 22, 2020 at 11:12 am
8 people like this

We'd be hard-pressed to find anyone more dedicated to the well-being of our city than Vice Mayor Narum. JC's suggestion of some imagined impropriety is simply hogwash at its worst. Many of us were looking forward to her continued strong leadership, understanding of the issues, and dedication to making this city the best it can be as it moves out of this crisis called Covid. Small business will miss her strong support, but can count on her to continue to work her remaining two years on the council. Her endorsement of Jerry Pentin for the mayoral position means the transition into what will be a challenging time of economic and emotional recovery can move ahead with the continued dedication to principle and doing what it takes to make Pleasanton a top-ranked California city. False accusations have no place here, and JC should feel quite ashamed.


pete
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2020 at 1:52 pm
pete, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 22, 2020 at 1:52 pm
3 people like this

Nice to see Vice Mayor Narum fulfill her obligation…of these 4 years. Quite a smart move.


Walter
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2020 at 8:31 am
Walter, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2020 at 8:31 am
4 people like this

This is unfortunate, Narum has been dedicated to the City and would have made a great Mayor.


Susie
Fairlands Elementary School
on Jun 24, 2020 at 5:47 pm
Susie, Fairlands Elementary School
on Jun 24, 2020 at 5:47 pm
2 people like this

On occasion I have found Narum to be a bit rude to other council members and also noted she historically voted with developers at the expense, in my opinion, of the community. She does not seem to be open minded. Can't understand why the fact that she isn't running made news - Must be a slow news day.


iwastheretoo
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm
iwastheretoo, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm
1 person likes this

My observation is that Julie Testa bullies Narum to try and get the third vote with Councilmember Brown supporting Julie's off-the-wall ideas. (See the last two council meetings especially mattters initiated at the end of the meeting.) 9hAFbIt would be hard to not be rude under those circumstances. Frankly, I'm more concerned about councilmember Brown supporting Testa while running for Mayor. I saw a video on facebook where Karla Brown says "Jule Testa and I support police reform". I'm not interested in seeing our wonderful city go in the direction Julie Testa and Karla Brown seem to want to take us.


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