Early childhood educator and longtime Livermore resident Carol Wahrer is seeking to join the Livermore City Council as the representative for District 1, which includes the Northwest portion of the city.
"Collecting signatures for the recent Eden Housing referendum I heard from many residents who did not feel their concerns were listened to or seriously considered by City Council," Wahrer said on her campaign website. "This was great motivation to represent the people of Livermore and in particular the residents of District 1. I want to listen to you and take that to City Council."
Wahrer is the head teacher at Trinity Daycare Learning Center in Livermore, according to her LinkedIn profile.
"Livermore has been a great place for me to live, raise my daughter, teach and participate. We can keep the small community feel of Livermore even as the town grows. We should be able to work and play together, and when we disagree it should be without personal attacks. We all want our town to be a welcoming neighborhood," Wahrer said.
In the District 1 race, Wahrer's opponent is local high school teacher and Livermore Planning Commissioner Evan Branning.
District 2 -- which encompasses the Northeast portion of the city including Springtown -- is also up for grabs in the Nov. 8 general election.
The two council terms that are expiring this fall are currently held by Councilmember Trish Munro and Vice Mayor Gina Bonanno, which were both at-large seats that are transitioning to district elections for the first time this year. Retired educator and current Livermore Lions Club president Ben Barrientos is poised to face-off against travel agent and community organizer Mel Chiong for the District 2 seat.
Wahrer's campaign website includes a short list of issues with her stance on them. However, she said that the list "is not intended as anyone’s hottest issues, but gives an idea of how I think about our City and potential solutions."
The list includes the Eden Housing project, homelessness, public safety and environmental impacts.
On the Eden Housing topic, Wahrer said that she believes the city could benefit from "a central public park where families could meet, play and mingle."
While she deems the city's current plan for a 130-unit affordable housing project as flawed and unpopular, she said that, "Whatever happens with the Eden plan, I want to work with the city to fix the parking shortage created by Eden’s single parking spot per housing unit. I also want to make sure that what open space remains is comfortable and coordinates with the rest of the public space, not walled off for residents only. I want to prioritize Livermore residents getting into Livermore's low-income housing."
On homelessness, Wahrer said, "The City does support efforts addressing some conditions of homelessness, but there is more that can be done, some of it for very little money. Many non-profit organizations in the City are stepping up and carrying much of the burden by supplying housing, food and services, but more support from the City could improve coordination, outreach and effectiveness."
Wahrer also cites wanting to improve the relationship between the public and law enforcement, expand neighborhood watch and increase bicycle patrol throughout the city as ways to make Livermore safer.
With respect to the environment, Wahrer said the city needs to "consider how we make our energy and environmental footprint smaller, from lower energy consumed to using less water."
"My area, District 1, in particular has a shortage of street trees and instead any rain runs down hard sidewalks to gutters and away. Better rain capture and more street trees would improve our district and our environment," she said.
A Livermore resident since 1987, Wahrer has been active in the community through various events and organizations.
"Through the years I have enjoyed participating in many community events and activities. Local theater, Partners for Change, the Livermore Heritage Guild, the International Order of Odd Fellows and as a trustee and choir member at Asbury church, she said. "During my 30+ years of teaching I became a mentor in the California Mentor Teacher program, worked with the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Early Literacy program, and currently use my Early Childhood Education credential at the LLESA (Lawrence Livermore Employee Services Association) Children’s Center," she added.
More information about Wahrer and her campaign is available at www.carolwahrer.com