Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Danville town council race has begun

DANVILLE — A common desire to protect Danville's small-town charm, see the planned reconstruction of the Veteran's Hall through to completion and guard the undeveloped Tassajara Valley against possible invaders from the south are reasons enough to run for re-election, three town council incumbents said Monday.

Candace Andersen, Mike Doyle and Newell Arnerich announced that they plan to defend their seats on the five-member council this fall. The trio stopped short of saying they will campaign together, stressing their "shared vision" for Danville.

"I think we're acknowledging that there are lot of things individually and collectively we all want to accomplish," Arnerich said. "We will have our individual campaigns, but I think you will also see we will have ... some joint events together."

If re-elected, Arnerich said he hoped to continue his efforts to redevelop downtown's aging north end. Andersen stressed the need to preserve Danville's character in the town's few remaining areas earmarked for development, while Doyle emphasized the need to maintain a balanced budget.

"A lot of cities in California are a mouse-click away from bankruptcy, and we, fortunately, are not," Doyle said.

The three also said they would fight to make sure leaders in neighboring San Ramon do not try to develop the Tassajara Valley if San Ramon is successful in its effort to annex the area.

The incumbents said they hoped to notify the Contra AdvertisementCosta County Election Department of their intentions on July 14, the first day of the filing period for the Nov. 4 election. The filing period closes Aug. 8.

The group said they were following the lead of candidates in other cities, many of whom are getting an early jump on their campaigns this year.

"It's a big election year and we don't want to be left out," Andersen said.

Doyle has served on the council since 1991, Arnerich since 1995 and Andersen since 2003.

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