Dean Wallace

Pleasanton City Council District 1


Meet Dean

A 22-year resident of the Tri-Valley, Dean Wallace has over a decade of experience serving the East Bay on behalf of local elected officials.  He has worked extensively to engage community groups, local governments, and a diverse range of organizations and stakeholders to address some of the most pressing issues facing our community and our region.


Dean graduated high school in the Tri-Valley, then returned after college to live close to family.  He has experienced firsthand the challenges facing young families and young professionals who wish to live here.


Currently serving as District Director for Assemblymember Buffy Wicks, Dean manages a team tasked with listening to people’s needs and responding with support.  This includes constituent inquiries, assisting constituents who are experiencing issues with state agencies, and assisting local governments and community organizations in securing grants and funding from the state.


Dean was born in Dublin, Ireland and immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was a young child.  He proudly became an American citizen in 2011.  He has a BA from Stanford University.


When he’s not working, or campaigning, you can find Dean at one of Pleasanton’s many parks with his two dogs Eliza and Olly.


Priorities for Pleasanton

Experienced Leadership with a Fresh Perspective


Sustainability and Affordability

For working families and young professionals to be able to live near work and family, we need careful, smart growth to create more affordable housing options. My priority is for housing near transit and Pleasanton jobs. In this post-COVID era, we understand that new housing design should accommodate working from home — with reliable power, connectivity, and sustainability.


Public Safety

To keep residents safe, I support preserving funding for public safety, and supporting efforts aimed at improving neighborhood partnership with our first responders for everyone's safety. I also support enhanced training for our police officers with the goal of eliminating bias, improving de-escalation techniques, and providing the appropriate responses to mental health crises.


City Services

Pleasanton's high quality of life is due to our exceptional city services that maintain our library, parks, open spaces, and other public resources. In order to maintain these services, I will pursue prudent fiscal policies and responsible budgeting.


Economic Development

District 1 is home to many of our city’s businesses and will be central to Pleasanton’s future. I support policies that will spur job growth and innovation and sustain a healthy local economy.



Open communication and community engagement are vitally important to cultivate a thriving, inclusive, and welcoming city that residents love and feel at home in. This requires transparency when our City Council is making decisions, so that you can trust that your city government is working for you.



Pleasanton has some of the best schools in our region and state. I believe the city must continue to be a strong and collaborative partner with our school district, so that we keep our children safe and allow them to focus on the things that help them thrive. We must work to maintain the educational excellence that keeps Pleasanton a highly attractive place for families with kids.


Stoneridge Mall

Any new framework for re-imagining Stoneridge Mall must have public input and a clear timeline for completion. My goals include a mixed-use development that is pedestrian, transit, and family-friendly. I will pursue a balanced approach to affordable housing options, and want to see a vibrant community that maintains Pleasanton's hometown character and charm.


Pleasanton council wants to move forward with Stoneridge Mall redevelopment framework planning

...One of the other key points made by the council was to prioritize public input and make sure that everyone that would be affected in the area is noticed so they can participate in community outreach events that staff will facilitate.

That point was echoed by Dean Wallace, a resident and council candidate who lives across from the mall, who said he has spoken with various neighbors who all support reimagining what the mall will look like, but only if it is done right.

"They want to make sure that it's done right, and I share that desire," Wallace said. "I think there's a lot of anxiety, concern and a bit of confusion about the various different plans that the city is currently considering."

He said there should be more community outreach being done to inform the public about the framework process and what the timeline for the redevelopment will look like. Wallace is currently a candidate running for the City Council District 1 seat, which represents the Stoneridge area...

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We Endorse Dean
for City Council

Congressman Eric Swalwell

Assemblymember Bill Quirk

Kathy Narum, Pleasanton City Councilmember

Jack Balch, Pleasanton City Councilmember

Cheryl Cook-Kallio, Alameda County Board of Education Trustee, Former Pleasanton City Councilmember

Mark Miller, President, Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees

Joan Laursen, Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees

Dawn Benson, Zone 7 Water Agency Board

Dennis Gambs, Zone 7 Water Agency Board

Olivia Sanwong, Zone 7 Water Agency Board

Alameda County Democratic Party

Alameda Labor Council

Building and Construction Trades Council of Alameda County

Bay East Association of Realtors

Pleasanton Police Officers Association

Sheet Metal Workers, Local 104

NorCal Carpenters Union