Your Virtual Ballot: Candidate Q&As and Voter Guides

Pleasanton's go-to guide for the Nov. 2 election. We've included previous stories, too, for your information.

Polls open tomorrow at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Check for your polling station here

Those who have not mailed in vote by mail ballots, can turn them in at a polling station. You may exchange the unvoted ballot for a regular one. 

In this article, you'll find all the data, back stories, candidate profiles, important deadlines and outside links needed to be an informed voter on Election Day. We'll be adding links as more information about the candidates becomes available.

Three candidates will be vying for two positions on the Pleasanton Unified School District's board of trustees.


This year, the mayor's seat and two council seats are up for grabs, with six candidates running overall. 

Mayoral Candidates:

City Council Candidates:

The Dublin San Ramon Services District, which supplies sewer and water services to some Pleasanton residents, will have two slots on its five-member board of directors up for election. Both incumbents are running against one challenger.


For State Assembly District 15, which includes parts of Pleasanton, H. Abram Wilson (San Ramon) is challenging incumbent Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, in what's expected to be one of the most expensive elections in California.


  • Joan Buchanan (incumbent) (profile) Democrat
  • H. Abram Wilson (profile) Republican

The race for the 10th state Senate District has three candidates. Candidates:

  • Ellen M. Corbett (incumbent)
  • Ivan Chou
  • Rob Maffit

The race for 18th Assembly District includes two candidates. Candidates:

  • Mary Hayashi (incumbent)
  • Michael Havig

In the battle for the 11th Congressional District, which sweeps from Stockton through the Tri-Valley and up through Danville, Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, will run for re-election against San Ramon attorney and staunch Republican David Harmer. As of Sept. 5, the candidates were in a statistical dead heat.  See pdf versions of recent poll: Key results and survey of likely voters and survey questions.


  • Jerry McNerney (incumbent), Democrat
  • David Harmer, Republican. See previous story on Tea Party Forum part II turned ugly here and Harmer's Tea Party Forum part I.

Early voting takes place today at the Registrar of Voters Office from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can find other election resources here:

Check out the Pleasanton Patch elections tab at the top of the home page for more of our elections coverage. You can also click here for stories about the candidates, forum coverage and analysis of some of the state and congressional races.


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