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Incumbents thrive in local races on Election Night

Results in for Danville council, San Ramon Valley school board, State Assembly, Congress and more

Incumbent success was the theme for the Danville Town Council and San Ramon Valley school board races, according to unofficial election results released just after midnight Wednesday by Contra Costa County election officials.

Danville Councilwoman Karen Stepper ended the night in first place with 38.95% of the vote, poised to earn a fourth term. Robert Storer, the town's current mayor, finished close behind in second with 38.36% in his bid for a second full term.

Two council seats were up for grabs this fall, and lone challenger Tony Adamich, a downtown Danville shop owner, garnered 22.11% of the vote.

The perfect record for Danville incumbents appears to have continued, in light of the unofficial results -- no sitting Town Council member has ever lost a re-election bid since Danville incorporated in 1982.

In the race for three San Ramon Valley school board seats, Rachel Hurd led the way with 28.79% of the vote, followed by fellow incumbent Denise Jennison, who garnered 26.53%.

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The final seat could be too close to call. Ken Mintz, the other current board member running, ended the night with 22.94% while the only challenger, attorney Jerome C. Pandell, finished with 21.22% -- 848 votes separated Mintz and Pandell, according to the unofficial election results.

In a tight State Assembly contest, Republican attorney Catharine Baker, of Dublin, posted a 3,349-vote advantage over Dublin Mayor and Democrat Tim Sbranti (51.9% to 48.1%) in the race to represent Danville, San Ramon and the rest of District 16.

The San Ramon Valley is poised to be represented by two Democratic congressmen for the next two years.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), whose district includes San Ramon, secured his second straight term by defeating Hugh Bussell (R-Livermore), with the margin standing at 69% to 31%.

The San Ramon Valley's state senator, Mark DeSaulnier, looks to be headed to Washington, D.C., after finishing Election Night well ahead in the race to represent Danville and the rest of the 11th Congressional District. DeSaulnier (D-Concord) had 66.2% of the vote, compared to the 33.8% earned by his opponent, retired Judge Tue Phan (R-Danville).

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In other local races, challengers Donald R. Parker (29.21%) and Chris Campbell (25.93%) are on pace to claim the two open seats on the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Challenger Dale A. Price (22.46%) and incumbent Glenn Umont (22.16%) sat third and fourth, respectively.

Challenger Mike Maxwell appears on his way to becoming the new representative for the Contra Costa County Board of Education, Trustee Area 4 (which includes San Ramon, Danville and parts of Alamo). Maxwell earned 52.81% of the vote while incumbent Richard Asadoorian had 46.72% -- a margin of 1,712 votes -- according to the unofficial election results.

The county education board's Trustee Area 2 (which includes parts of Alamo) race saw incumbent Christine Deane (55.38%) finish ahead of challenger Ray Andersen (44.2%).

For more details about the unofficial Election Night results from Contra Costa County, visit the county election website.

The unofficial election results include early vote-by-mail tallies and totals reported by 100% of the precincts on Election Night.

The election results will likely change as final vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots and other ballots are processed, according to the California Secretary of State. Depending on the volume of these types of ballots, it may take up to 28 days for county elections officials to verify voter records and determine if ballots have been cast by eligible voters.

County elections officials must report their final results to the Secretary of State by Dec. 5.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story listed an incorrect margin between third and fourth place in the San Ramon Valley school board race. DanvilleSanRamon.com regrets the error.

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Incumbents thrive in local races on Election Night

Results in for Danville council, San Ramon Valley school board, State Assembly, Congress and more

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Updated: Thu, Nov 6, 2014, 5:50 pm

Incumbent success was the theme for the Danville Town Council and San Ramon Valley school board races, according to unofficial election results released just after midnight Wednesday by Contra Costa County election officials.

Danville Councilwoman Karen Stepper ended the night in first place with 38.95% of the vote, poised to earn a fourth term. Robert Storer, the town's current mayor, finished close behind in second with 38.36% in his bid for a second full term.

Two council seats were up for grabs this fall, and lone challenger Tony Adamich, a downtown Danville shop owner, garnered 22.11% of the vote.

The perfect record for Danville incumbents appears to have continued, in light of the unofficial results -- no sitting Town Council member has ever lost a re-election bid since Danville incorporated in 1982.

In the race for three San Ramon Valley school board seats, Rachel Hurd led the way with 28.79% of the vote, followed by fellow incumbent Denise Jennison, who garnered 26.53%.

The final seat could be too close to call. Ken Mintz, the other current board member running, ended the night with 22.94% while the only challenger, attorney Jerome C. Pandell, finished with 21.22% -- 848 votes separated Mintz and Pandell, according to the unofficial election results.

In a tight State Assembly contest, Republican attorney Catharine Baker, of Dublin, posted a 3,349-vote advantage over Dublin Mayor and Democrat Tim Sbranti (51.9% to 48.1%) in the race to represent Danville, San Ramon and the rest of District 16.

The San Ramon Valley is poised to be represented by two Democratic congressmen for the next two years.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), whose district includes San Ramon, secured his second straight term by defeating Hugh Bussell (R-Livermore), with the margin standing at 69% to 31%.

The San Ramon Valley's state senator, Mark DeSaulnier, looks to be headed to Washington, D.C., after finishing Election Night well ahead in the race to represent Danville and the rest of the 11th Congressional District. DeSaulnier (D-Concord) had 66.2% of the vote, compared to the 33.8% earned by his opponent, retired Judge Tue Phan (R-Danville).

In other local races, challengers Donald R. Parker (29.21%) and Chris Campbell (25.93%) are on pace to claim the two open seats on the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District Board of Directors. Challenger Dale A. Price (22.46%) and incumbent Glenn Umont (22.16%) sat third and fourth, respectively.

Challenger Mike Maxwell appears on his way to becoming the new representative for the Contra Costa County Board of Education, Trustee Area 4 (which includes San Ramon, Danville and parts of Alamo). Maxwell earned 52.81% of the vote while incumbent Richard Asadoorian had 46.72% -- a margin of 1,712 votes -- according to the unofficial election results.

The county education board's Trustee Area 2 (which includes parts of Alamo) race saw incumbent Christine Deane (55.38%) finish ahead of challenger Ray Andersen (44.2%).

For more details about the unofficial Election Night results from Contra Costa County, visit the county election website.

The unofficial election results include early vote-by-mail tallies and totals reported by 100% of the precincts on Election Night.

The election results will likely change as final vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots and other ballots are processed, according to the California Secretary of State. Depending on the volume of these types of ballots, it may take up to 28 days for county elections officials to verify voter records and determine if ballots have been cast by eligible voters.

County elections officials must report their final results to the Secretary of State by Dec. 5.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story listed an incorrect margin between third and fourth place in the San Ramon Valley school board race. DanvilleSanRamon.com regrets the error.

Comments

miSFit
Diablo
on Nov 5, 2014 at 6:36 am
miSFit, Diablo
on Nov 5, 2014 at 6:36 am

Only 14,516 votes cast for the Danville Town Council! Such low voter turnout. Shameful! Now we continue to be stuck with these incumbent knuckleheads.


Content in Danville
Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 7:25 am
Content in Danville, Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 7:25 am

MiSFit- Clearly if more people voted, more people would have voted for the incumbents, Robert Storer and Karen Stepper. They are, without question, better suited for the positions. The OTHER candidate did not stand a chance. He had a talking dog as his campaign manager. Please.


Content in Danville
Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 7:30 am
Content in Danville, Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 7:30 am

A big congrats to Robert Storer and Karen Stepper!


Julia
Alamo
on Nov 5, 2014 at 9:32 am
Julia, Alamo
on Nov 5, 2014 at 9:32 am

I am very pleased to see the results in Danville...I am also very pleased I do not live in the Town of Danville. You naive people deserve the you get.

I am in total agreement with miSFit what ever that means.

And I think Content in Danville is a plant.

One thing that keeps me smiling is the fact that we sane Americans put Obama in his place and most of all put the good guys in control.

California is so BLUE it going down hill fast. Just like New York. Just look at Danville...One word says it all about the people "CONTENT"...A simple word with strong meanings.

Again, I am happy for you folks in Danville..

Thanks for listening, but I don't really care, Julia Pardini from sane Alamo


Brilliant Idea
Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 11:37 am
Brilliant Idea, Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 11:37 am

Julia- is there any chance we could convince you to relocate to Danville and be on our Town Council? You always make so much sense, your thoughts are contagious and people absolutely love your input. Your "I don't care" style at the end of each of your 100 comments per hour is remarkable. I'm sure there are plenty of bloggers who would volunteer to serve as your campaign manager.


C. R. Mudgeon
Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm
C. R. Mudgeon, Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I'm at least somewhat concerned by the election of Donald Parker and Chris Campbell to the SRV FPD board. If I'm not mistaken, one is a current fireman, and the other is a retired fireman. On the surface, one might think, "Who better to run a fire department, than an experienced fireman?". However, the problem arises during contract negotiations, when it makes no sense to have union guys negotiating with the union. Unfortunately, the union also had more money to throw behind getting their guys elected.

Maybe Parker and Campbell will rise to the challenge of negotiating on behalf of taxpayers, rather than the union. But I am not hopeful. It will be interesting to watch as they try to balance the cost of salaries, pensions, and benefits, versus the number of firefighters on roll....


Trust your First Responders
Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Trust your First Responders, Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:19 pm

CR Curmudgeon- trust your first responders- they know what is best for their department. It makes sense that they voted in one of their own, they know the hard work it takes to have a fire career & our valley benefits from this wonderful department.


Derek the Snarky
Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm
Derek the Snarky, Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Sadly it does not appear the Bat$#!+ Express train missed any stops - not locally, regionally, or nationally. Joni Ernst, the woman who makes Michelle Bachmann look downright sane? Are they putting acid in the Iowa drinking water?
Comedians in Europe and elsewhere will have no shortage of fodder for the next few years.


San Ramon Observer
Registered user
San Ramon
on Nov 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm
San Ramon Observer, San Ramon
Registered user
on Nov 5, 2014 at 1:34 pm

I mixed up the School District and the Fire District and voted for two on the School District (No problem with that), but three on the FD, so my vote was rejected. Two of my three were the guys who won, so no harm done.

Roz


San Ramon Observer
Registered user
San Ramon
on Nov 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm
San Ramon Observer, San Ramon
Registered user
on Nov 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Julia,

Alamo is run by the County Supervisors, so you shouldn't be so smug. A source who communicates with me via email says there's a lot of dissatisfaction with the Sups, including Candace Andersen. Just because she didn't vote herself a raise, doesn't mean she's cares about her constituents.

If anyone from San Ramon, Dave Hudson? Phil O'Loane? is interested in running for County Supervisor, you might have a good shot at it in the next election.

Roz


Resident
San Ramon
on Nov 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm
Resident, San Ramon
on Nov 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm

It would be an outright disaster if D. Hudson became a county supervisor based on his performance & total lack of empathy for residents of San Ramon.


Content in Danville
Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 2:15 pm
Content in Danville, Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Julia,
I have never, until today, responded to your ignorant comments because I feel sorry for you. Since you threw me into the mix of your ridiculousness, I will respond even though "you don't care".
For you to make an assumption that I am a "plant" is absurd. You can see by the votes, so many of the Danville residents are happy with the Councilmembers,(Mayor Robert Storer and Karen Stepper) and for good reason.
Why is it that you find it so difficult to believe that residents are CONTENT(definition: satisfied; satisfaction)?
My thought is that it is because you are a miserable person who never has anything positive to say. There is help out there. It's not too late.

Live,Laugh Love!


OldHenry
Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm
OldHenry, Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Gee! I think it is wonderful that we keep our incumbents in office, because we are in the Danville Bubble. Nothing outside Danville affects us, so if all the world around us is falling apart, we don't have to worry. 53 years in Danville and retired for 30. It's nice to not worry about anything else in the world.
OldHenry


Julia
Alamo
on Nov 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm
Julia, Alamo
on Nov 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm

@Content - I stand by what I wrote. Danville is going down the drain with rest of CA. I wish there is a way Alamo could become a state by itself and be cut-off from all the insanity.

Thanks for listening.

Julia Pardini from the one and only Alamo


Comtent in Danville
Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm
Comtent in Danville, Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm

Julia,
Stand by whatever you want. The fact of the matter is Alamo IS in California. It will never be a state of its own (you're delusional) Maybe there is another town LIKE Alamo you can move to in another state. Problem solved for you and all of the "sane" Alamo and Damville residents.
Thanks for listening.

Live, Laugh, Love.


Content
Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 8:35 pm
Content, Danville
on Nov 5, 2014 at 8:35 pm

A couple of typos on last comment. DANVILLE Definitely not Damville and I'm content. Not Comtent.
Eyes are tired. It's been a long, wonderful day.


Dan
Danville
on Nov 14, 2014 at 6:21 am
Dan, Danville
on Nov 14, 2014 at 6:21 am

I think that the council is doing a good job and I hope the incumbents run next time too.


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