Fremont Teacher, Pleasanton Leader

Cheryl-Cook Kallio, teacher at Irvington, gets re-elected as a Pleasanton City Council member

On November 2, as the elections came to a close, Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Advanced Placement United States History and We the People coach at Irvington High School, attained a victory in the Pleasanton City Council member race, along with Jerry T. Thorne. After months of campaigning through precinct walks, fliers, picnics, and more, Mrs. Cook-Kallio was re-elected to one of the two seats open on the council.

            First elected as the representative for the position in 2006, the November 2nd elections marked the beginning of her second term as a member of the council. However, this was due, in large part, to the campaigning and advocacy led by campaign manager Susan Piekarski, World History teacher at Irvington High School.

“I think we came up with a strategy and carried it out well, and we stayed positive in our campaigning,” said Ms. Piekarski when asked about the difference between the Cook-Kallio campaign as opposed to others. “Those are two of the main things that set us apart from the other group.”

Overall, the campaign itself utilized the help of numerous volunteers, including a number of students from Irvington High School itself. There were over 270 service hours given to just the students of Irvington, who were a portion of the volunteers in the full team that led to Mrs. Cook-Kallio’s success.