DANVILLE -- It's that time of the year again -- it's open season for those interested in running for Town Council.
Residents interested in running for office in the Nov. 4 town election have a deadline of Aug. 8 to file their nomination papers so that they get their name placed on the upcoming ballot, said city clerk Marie Sunseri.
Two seats on the Town Council are up for election this year, those of Councilmember Karen Stepper and Mayor Robert Storer. So far, only the two incumbents have filed their papers to run for election for the four-year terms, Sunseri said. And the last time the candidates ran for office in 2010, both ran unopposed.
Stepper, a certified public accountant and business owner, was elected in 2002 to the Town Council and has served as mayor twice, in 2006 and 2011. She also spent nine years on the San Ramon Valley Unified School Board. As a CPA, she said that her focus would be on the town's finances, as it has always been in the past.
"Danville has been conservatively budgeted, and we've been able to provide services at a lower cost, and I think those policies are very important to continue, she said. She said she'd also be dedicated to continuing to develop Danville's downtown and preserving the town's parks and surrounding open space.
"We're pretty built up in Danville, so therefore it's even more critical how we maintain our parks and open space," she said.
Storer, a property manager and builder who is president of Pellegrini Construction in San Leandro, has been a councilmember since 2009 and is serving as mayor.
"Frankly I'm proud of my time on the Danville Town Council, and I look forward to continuing our good work in this community," he said. "Public safety will always be my number-one priority, and I will always be fiscally responsible and maintain our reserve account. I'm proud that we don't have any unfunded liabilities. We do things the old-fashioned way in Danville, and we do not spend more than what we make and we save money for a rainy day."
He also said that he would continue to protect the town's open space, small-town atmosphere and parks. Anyone interested in running for office can pick up papers from the town clerk's office, which must be filed by the Aug. 8 deadline. They include nomination papers that include the signatures of 20 to 30 registered voters in Danville, a candidate's statement, a declaration of candidacy and other forms, she said.