Sarah Palmer

Key Facts

Party Nonpartisan
Status Incumbent

Background

Sarah Palmer is a Livermore resident and graduated with a Ph.D. in Cell Physiology and Biochemistry from the University of Toronto. She has a BA in Biology and Political Science from New York University and did post Doctoral Research in Mammary Cancer at the UC Berkeley Cancer Research Laboratory.
She is a retired science teacher who taught AP Environmental Science in the Pleasanton Unified School District, the Livermore Joint Unified School District, and the Dublin Unified School District. She was also an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, Mills College, Holy Names, Cal State Hayward, and Las Positas College. She has additionally worked in the Medical Diagnostics industry as a consultant for Lawrence Livermore Labs. Palmer has been a board member since 2006 and is also a part of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) [4].

Key Issues

Environment

Palmer supports the construction of the Patterson Pass Water Treatment Plant, which will improve treated water quality, replace aging equipment, and increase treated water storage capacity. She wants to invest in ozone, which will replace chlorine as the main disinfectant at the Del Valle Water Treatment Plant. She believes this will lead to treating taste and odor impacts from algae growth, reduce chlorine, related byproducts, and destroy pathogens and emerging contaminants. She wants to improve the quality and taste of tap water [4].

Infrastructure

Palmer wants to reserve an upstream location for the Delta Conveyance single tunnel system, which could reduce chemical treatment costs and reduce losses caused by evaporation. She is involved in projects to build sanitation and water infrastructure in Haiti [4].

Water

Palmer is an active participant in the Water Quality Committee and wants to reduce microplastics in drinking water. She wants to update California’s water system through the Delta Conveyance system. Palmer also wants to focus on providing quality water to disadvantaged communities [4].

Endorsements

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce; Asian Pacific Democratic Caucus; Alameda County Democratic Party; 3.14 Action Fund; Karla Brown, Mayor, Pleasanton; Jean Shuler, LLNL (ret.); Ayn Wieskamp, East Bay Regional Parks Board Director; Gina Bonanno, Vice Mayor, Livermore; John Marchand, former Mayor, Livermore; Jill Buck, Go Green Initiative; Charles F. Crohare, Olive orchard owner; Charles T. Crohare, Banker; MaryAnne Rozsa, Realtor/Broker; Philomena Rambo, Rotarian Foundation of Livermore President, LVJUSD Administrator (ret.); Dick Quigley, Rotary Club of Livermore Valley President Elect; Craig Bueno, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District Board President; Debi Zentner, Diversified Mortgage Group; Frank Mellon, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), Director; Jack Burgett, North Coast Valley Water District, Director (VP), ACWA Region 5 VP; John Varela, interim President Valley Water & President Region 5 ACWA; Diana McIntyre, Musicologist; Peter McIntyre, Tax consultant

Sources

1 Ballotpedia

2 Zone 7 Water Agency

3 Facebook

4 Palmer for Zone 7