With a campaign motto of “Pleasanton for all,” Ilavarasan said his candidacy will focus on leading Pleasanton to become more inclusive.
That includes pushing for housing projects that preserve Pleasanton’s small-town feel while also offering more accessible housing near transportation centers, as well as increasing support for small businesses struggling during the pandemic.
He also proposes to expand support for the police department to help with non-criminal incidents. “Our police are overburdened and tasked with handling every societal issue. We need to support our police by hiring social workers and mental health professionals to deal with cases that do not require active use of force,” he said.
Having the city strongly back local immigrants is another priority for Ilavarasan, who calls for “strengthening local immigration outreach and services to assist our fellow community members is crucial in these times.”
Ilavarasan said he draws inspiration from his time growing up and living in Pleasanton, which included participating in Amador’s “We the People” competition civics team as a teenager and later working in tech industry first at Zynga and then startups related to education technology and travel managing the ideation and shipment of software products.
“As the son of immigrants I’ve witnessed my parents work incredibly hard in order to provide opportunities for myself and my brother. Their sacrifices have allowed us to pursue our dreams,” he said.
“Those dreams were built on the strong foundation of Pleasanton’s amazing schools, parks and community services,” he continued, adding:
“We need to build upon the services and opportunities that the Pleasanton community is already proud of. A new generation seeks to live in a town that leads in social, racial and economic justice. We believe we can preserve what makes our town strong while aiming towards the future.”
To learn more about Ilavarasan’s platform, visit his campaign website at www.monith4mayor.com.