John Marchand

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Original short description: "Mayor of Livermore, California"

Template:Infobox officeholder John Marchand is an American politician serving as the current Mayor of Livermore, California[1] since 2011. Though the office is nonpartisan, Marchand is a member of the Democratic Party.

Early life and education

He was born and raised in Hayward, California,[2] living there for many years before moving to Livermore in 1985. He earned his bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the California State University, East Bay.


By trade, he is an oceanographer, chemist, and actor. In the 1990s, he became a member of the American Water Works Association.[3]

For fifteen years, Marchand worked as an elected representative to the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors, serving twice as the board's president. Marchand was also the founding member of the Livermore Cultural Arts Commission and served on Livermore's General Plan Review Committee.

By profession, Marchand is a chemist specializing in water quality. He started his career teaching marine biology and later worked for over thirty years as a drinking water quality chemist, specializing in microbiology, organic chemistry, and distribution system trouble-shooting. He has since served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Marine Science Institute and was a founding member of the Small Systems Inter-Agency Outreach Committee.

Marchand was first elected to the Livermore City Council in November 2005. He went on to serve for six years, four of those as Vice Mayor of Livermore.

He was first elected to the Livermore City Council in 2005, becoming mayor in 2011[3] in a race against Barbara Hickman, with Marchand winning 47.8 percent of the vote.[4] Marchand was elected Mayor of Livermore in November 2011, an office he holds today, to succeed termed-out mayor Marshall Kamena. Marchand was reelected to his final term in 2018 in the mayoral election against local businessman Joshua Laine.

In 2012, Marchand spoke to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry in Moscow, where Livermorium was named for Livermore. In 2017, he was named Graffiti Fighter of the Year by Stop Urban Blight International. Marchand also received the National Distinguished Public Service Award from the American Water Works Association for his efforts to end veteran homelessness in 2017.

In 2014, he started the local initiative GLAD: Graffiti and Litter Abatement Daily, a volunteer program.[5]

While Mayor, in 2016 he was noted in the press for personally cleaning up graffiti.[6][7] In 2016 he was awarded the title of "Graffiti Fighter of the Year"[5][8] and also awarded a National Distinguished Public Service Award.[9]

In 2017, he won City Council support to finance a $6 million Livermore City Council meeting hall, and an emergency operations center for the Livermore Police Department. He sought re-election in June 2018 as Mayor of Livermore.[3] It was his final term to seek re-election in November 2018, challenged by Josh Laine.[10]

In 2018, he sat on 28 local and regional boards and committees.[3]


In 2018, he continued acting in community theater.[3]

In 2013, he was the Mayor of Seville, Spain in the Livermore Valley Opera's first performance of Carmen.[11]

Personal life

Marchand is married to Susan, a Livermore schoolteacher, and they have two sons.


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