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Alamo council candidate Bob Connelly

Bob Connelly is a retired commercial banker and currently president of the Alamo Oaks Homeowners Association. For most of his 19 years in Alamo he was content to allow the county to provide services and saw no need for incorporation. However in the past few years that position has changed.

"I began to be concerned with what was happening two or three years ago," he said. He pointed to two large housing developments on Stone Valley Road that went against current zoning, with residents getting little say in the process.

He also concluded that Alamo could stand alone financially and that it is an insignificant part of the responsibility of the five County Supervisors. "I strongly believe that the best form of government is that closest to the people," he said. He joined the Alamo Incorporation Movement and this involvement led him to believe that he could serve a role on the new Town Council.

"I believe I have a lot of experience to help get this town off on the right foot," he said, adding that he is interested in serving only one term.

Connelly, 70, has 34 years of banking experience, has served on a volunteer fire department in Southern California and was a founding director of the Bell Canyon Special Services District in Southern California.

His priorities would be to maintain the integrity of Alamo and to establish sound fiscal policies.

More about the candidate

Married, three children; Alamo Community Foundation; signature committee for Alamo Incorporation Movement (AIM); chief, Redhill Volunteer Fire Department (Orange County); chairman, Banking Administration Institute, Banking School at University of Wisconsin; Kiwanian of the Year in Orange County club as well as Kiwanis Outstanding Service Award.

Web site: www.BobConnelly.org

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli and Geoff Gillette

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