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Council candidates to face off at Pleasanton Weekly forum Tuesday

Debate is good chance to see political campaigning in action

Join staff members of the Pleasanton Weekly on Tuesday as they present a free, public candidate forum for the four seeking election on May 7 to fill a vacant seat on the Pleasanton City Council.

The four candidates are Mark Hamilton, David Miller, Kathy Narum and Olivia Sanwong.

The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Doors at the Civic Center, located at 200 Old Bernal Ave., will open at 6 p.m.

Those attending the forum will be given cards as they enter, which they can use to write out their questions of individual or all candidates. The moderators of the forum, Gina Channell-Allen, publisher of the Pleasanton Weekly, and editor Jeb Bing will then ask the candidates to answer these questions along with others.

The candidates will have time for brief opening and closing remarks, but they will not see the questions in advance.

Questions for individual or all of the candidates may also be sent by email to

The forum will be videotaped for later broadcast on community television's Channel 29 and also on the Pleasanton Weekly's website at

The candidates' forum will be held one day after the Alameda County Registrar's office starts distributing ballots for the special election. Voters can start voting once they've received the ballots, which must be received and in the Registrar's office no later than 5 p.m. May 7. Unlike in previous Pleasanton elections, this will be by mail-in balloting only; there will be no regular polling places for voters to cast their ballots.

The council vacancy occurred when Councilman Jerry Thorne was elected mayor last November, leaving two years of his unexpired term as councilman. The candidate chosen to succeed him on the council May 7 will serve until the 2014 municipal election, but also can seek re-election to that post for a four-year term.

The Pleasanton Weekly will make its endorsement for one of the candidates after the April 9 forum, to be published in the April 12 print edition of the newspaper and online.