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Alamo council candidate Dennis Johnson

Maintaining the rural quality of Alamo is important to Dennis Johnson. A commercial developer, Johnson said he has had a great deal of experience with governments and land use issues and he wants to use that experience to help preserve the town.

Although he and his family are relative newcomers to Alamo, he said they chose the community with great care after deciding to move to the Bay Area. "We could have lived anywhere in the world and we chose to come to Alamo and we wanted to keep it just like it is," he said.

A cautious supporter of incorporation, Johnson said he's talked to many residents with strong doubts. "Their concern is that over half of the ballot positions are filled with either officers or associates of the incorporation movement who they think may want to advance a single agenda. So I would be concerned about incorporating for the wrong reasons."

No stranger to small town government, Johnson served on both the city Planning Commission and Budget Advisory Commission for Clyde Hill, Wash., before moving to Alamo. Johnson said during his tenure they were able to lower taxes three times. Now he wants to bring that experience to Alamo. "I would like to use my considerable municipal budget experience to see the city establish a conservative fiscal policy," he said. "Including a policy that reserve funds are set aside for the purpose of lowering taxes."

More about the candidate

Married, with 8-year-old twins; University of Washington college of Architecture and Urban Planning; Planning Commission, Budget Advisory Committee in Clyde Hill, Wash.; Bellevue Boys and Girls Club board of directors; Little League coach

Web site: www.johnson4council.blogspot.com/

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli and Geoff Gillette

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