The window to file for election to the Danville Town Council closed Wednesday afternoon with two current council members and one town parks commissioner as the only candidates to put their names forward to compete for a trio of four-year seats on the November ballot.
Five-term Councilman Newell Arnerich and Vice Mayor Renee Morgan, who is wrapping up her first council term, each filed for the election before the initial candidacy deadline last Friday, as did Danville resident Lisa Blackwell, a member of the Parks and Leisure Services Commission.
But when Councilman Mike Doyle decided not to seek re-election to a seventh term, the candidacy deadline was extended five days to allow other interested non-incumbents to join the race. No new candidates filed for the council election during the extension period, which closed at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Town officials are conferring to determine whether a council election is required to be held Nov. 8 in light of only three candidates filing for three available seats, town public information coordinator Geoff Gillette said Thursday. Moving forward with an election would open the possibility for write-in candidates.
Vying to become the newest face on the council, Blackwell has served on the Parks and Leisure Services Commission for the past three years.
She also worked in banking management for 12 years and volunteered for more than 19 years with the San Ramon Valley school district, including several leadership positions at the school-site level. She remains active with the schools by serving as a substitute teacher in the valley.
"If I am elected to the Danville Town Council, I will make the issues of our youth and their safety and balanced well-being as one of my main priorities and concerns," Blackwell said on her campaign website. "Our parks, trails and sports programs are state-of-the-art and varied, but I feel there is more we can offer our young people to keep them involved in our community."
Supporting and enhancing downtown Danville was another goal Blackwell highlighted.
"I am excited about the new changes in the downtown area and want to help continue to lead the effort to keep our small-town charm while attracting world-class restaurants and outstanding retail," she said.
"I would like to pursue the addition of more urban pocket parks in the downtown area, making the Town Green area an artistic, more vibrant center and continued coordination with the town of Danville and the Chamber of Commerce," she added.
Blackwell also pointed to her background in finance.
"Of course, fiscal responsibility has been the key to the ability of making our Town evolve so successfully," she said. "My banking, economics, and treasurer background as well as being a commissioner for the Parks and Leisure Services has helped me to understand town finances."
She added, "We live in an incredible community with a generous spirit, excellent and safe schools, and wonderful community role models. I am grateful for the values that our children learned at our public schools, on the sports fields, and through our community leaders. I would love the chance to give back to our town as a thank-you to everyone in this wonderful community."
An Indiana native, Blackwell has lived in Danville with her husband Brad for the past three decades. Their three daughters -- Amanda, Katie and Stephanie -- each graduated from San Ramon Valley High School and the University of Colorado.
Doyle and Arnerich have each publicly endorsed Blackwell's council bid.
Arnerich, who was first elected in 1995, is seeking a sixth straight term on the council this fall.
"Danville is unique in many wonderful ways," Arnerich said on his campaign website. "We have preserved over 40% of Danville in permanent open space while protecting scenic ridge-lines in the San Ramon Valley within the shadow of the majestic Mount Diablo."
He also praised the council and town staff for their focus on fiscal responsibility.
"We do not have debt, nor any unfunded liabilities and are patient to save cash to provide capital for projects and new facilities," he said.
"Our outstanding fiscal stewardship in Danville compares to no other cities in the sate of California," he added. "Danville's (for disasters and state take-aways), coupled with one of the lowest per capita spending in the Tri-Valley area, makes Danville the most effective cost governance."
First elected in November 2012, Morgan is seeking a second consecutive term in office this fall.
"Danville is such a special place that we are fortunate to call home. I have been honored to live in Danville for almost three decades," she said on her campaign website.
"But the town did not become the jewel it is today by accident, it has been strategically planned," Morgan added, pointing to the town's focus on "prudent development and extraordinary fiscal management"
"I feel honored to serve on council where I have been able to continue this tradition while making notable contributions throughout the community," she said.
"I am passionate about my role as vice mayor and dedicated to representing the interests of the residents who have elected me to this position of leadership. My dedication and commitment to the town of Danville and its residents is 24/7," Morgan said.
"Greatness cannot be obtained alone. It is the creation of many striving for the same goal. Let's continue to reach this goal together," she said.