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Teacher, Planning Commissioner Evan Branning running for District 1 council seat

Priorities include supporting local businesses, improving transit, preserving open space
Local teacher and Livermore Planning Commissioner Evan Branning is running for City Council to represent District 1.

Local teacher and Livermore Planning Commissioner Evan Branning has thrown his hat into the race for City Council to represent District 1.

"I’m running to help make things a little easier for people. Times have been tough and I want to work to make sure the City can improve people’s quality of life as much as possible," Branning said in his campaign statement.

Branning cites working to support local businesses, building community connection, preserving open spaces, public safety and increasing transit accessibility among his top campaign priorities.

"I define success as improving access to all the amazing amenities that Livermore has to offer and I need your help to make that happen. If the people of District 1 elect me, I will use this opportunity to work for everyone in Livermore," he said.

Since moving to Livermore several years ago, Branning has immersed himself into the community. "Livermore is a really great place to live. I love the community, culture, food, wine, and activities. My wife, Nicole, and I have made a lot of good friends and feel totally supported and welcomed," he said. 

According to Branning's campaign website, former mayor John Marchand -- who is running for the post again this year -- presided over his wedding.

Over the course of a decade, Branning has served on city and county advisory bodies, including Livermore’s Planning Commission, Human Services Commission, LARPD Foundation and Alameda County Public Health Commission.

He has advocated for better access to dental and medical care in Livermore for Medi-Cal patients and for expanded access to outdoor spaces. He continues to advocate for improving city services and housing and building a vibrant downtown.

Aside from his commission experience, Evan teaches Culinary Arts at Village Continuation High School in neighboring Pleasanton. "Having the opportunity to help my students develop life and work skills while getting to live in such an awesome community has been a dream come true," Branning wrote on his campaign website.

Branning is also a co-founder of citizen group Unify Livermore and the Tri-Valley Transit Coalition, which is a "Grassroots Coalition to discuss and improve public transit service in the Tri-Valley and beyond," according to the organization's Facebook description.

Branning has previously fought for a seat on the City Council when there was an at-large vacancy following Bob Woerner's ascension to mayor after the 2020 general election. The spot ultimately went to current Vice Mayor Gina Bonanno but Branning was named one of the top contenders at the time who applied and interviewed for the position.

Election to City Council this fall would mean leaving his role as a planning commissioner before the end of his current term which is set to expire in March of 2023.

"All of my life, service has been my driving goal. I will take all of my experiences, knowledge, and commitment to work for you. As your next City Council member I will do all I can to make your life better. I hope you will give me this opportunity to serve you," Branning wrote on his campaign website.

Branning was the first to publicly declare his intent to run for District 1. The nomination period for candidates hoping to qualify for local elections on the Nov. 8 ballot opened on Monday and closes on Aug. 12. 

For more information about Evan Branning and his campaign, visit


Cierra Bailey

About the Author: Cierra Bailey

Cierra started as an editorial intern with the Pleasanton Weekly in 2014. After pursuing opportunities in digital and broadcast media and attending graduate school at Syracuse University, she’s back as the editor of the Vine.
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