Seven Danville residents have filed papers to run for Town Council in the 2012 general election. Three seats will be open in the Nov. 6 election and the filing period for intent to run papers ended on Aug. 10.
In order of when papers were filed, the seven candidates are:
- Mayor Newell Arnerich
- Councilmember Mike Doyle
- Bob Nealis
- Renee Morgan
- Jim Jelincic
- Deanna Sullivan
- Lori Hock
Both Arnerich and Doyle have sat on the council for many years -- with Arnerich as mayor in 1999, 2004 and 2009 and Doyle serving on the council since 1991. The two ran for council in 2008 and, if re-elected for another four-year term, will continue the current mayoral rotation.
The remaining five candidates have varying experience with the town of Danville, though none have served on the Town Council. Long-time resident Bob Nealis is a retired Dryers employee who said he is anxious to give back to his community.
"I'm anxious to use my position on Council to keep Danville as special as we possibly can. I believe it's a jewel of the San Ramon Valley and believe it's been well managed up to this point," he said. "I would look to perpetuate the special feel that the town of Danville provides for its residents and its guests."
A member of the Contra Costa County search and rescue team, YMCA and Willows Community Theatre volunteer, Nealis said he is interested in attracting solid businesses to maintain a "responsible pace of growth."
"I'm proactive, I don't let moss grow under my feet," Nealis said of his qualifications. "I like to look at problems as opportunities."
Jim Jelenic has been a Danville resident for 17 years as well as an active member of his homeowners association. The owner of a distribution business, Jelenic hopes to implement the motto "Success through service. Our citizens come first" if elected to council.
"The growth in the surrounding communities will play a major role on how we are impacted. We'll need to maintain close partnerships with those government agencies so that our concerns are addressed," Jelenic wrote on his campaign website, adding "I would like to have kind of a part in influencing other government agencies and minimizing the impact they would have on the quality of our life."
According to his website, Jelenic supports the urban limit line as well the retention of ridgelines and wants to continue improvements to North Hartz Avenue.
Alamo native Lori Hock graduated from Monte Vista High and now lives and works in Danville. The State Farm insurance agent said she would like to use her business acumen to promote small businesses and help maintain her community.
"I have a lot of energy, a lot of positive energy, and I love this town. This is my town, I live here, I work here, I play here," Hock said. "I love the small town feel and I want to keep the small town feel while, at the same time, promoting some of the smaller businesses and promoting more small businesses or restaurants coming to town."
Renee Morgan and Deanna Sullivan did not return calls for comment. Morgan serves on the Planning Commission, Heritage Resource Commission, Historic Design Review and
School Site Council.
With the closing of the filing period, a random alphabet drawing will be held Aug. 16 by the Secretary of State's office to determine the candidate's ballot positions for the election. Results of the drawing will be posted at http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/2012-elections/nov-general/.