Three candidates file for three Danville council seats up for election

Town officials unsure whether election will be required

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.

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Posted by local resident
a resident of Danville
on Aug 19, 2016 at 8:03 am

This election is the latest evidence of Danville's rigged government. First the 3 incumbents, including 86 - year-old Mike Doyle, loudly proclaim their slate of 3 are running for re-election and take out election papers from the City Clerk. Then,at the last moment Doyle fails to file his papers. Quite obviously the aged, ailing Doyle never intended to run, but wanted to discourage challengers to the remaining 2 incumbents.

Blackwell is apparently the incumbents' hand-chosen successor to Doyle. If anyone else had dared to run, the 3 would have jointly run roughshod over him, her, or them, as the incumbents have done in the last 2 elections.

All in a days' work for the special interest-loving Danvile Town Council members. SummerHill Homes must be very pleased!

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Posted by danvillain
a resident of Danville
on Aug 19, 2016 at 9:17 am

Okay, Mr. local trumpident, why don't You run? I'm sure you'd win! And be the greatest -- the best!

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Posted by Tony Adamich
a resident of Danville
on Aug 19, 2016 at 9:27 am

I too was more than a little "taken aback" as I actually saw an email communicating that he was running. My guess is that more than several residents would have run if they knew a seat was actually open. On a positive note, Lisa Blackwell seems very involved in the community and should do a good job.

However, my caution to her is that we have already lost the "small town charm" she appreciates that has been devastated by the Danville Hotel Development. I hope she can implement programs that salvage what little is left of our quaint downtown. Lisa, best of luck.

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Posted by local resident
a resident of Danville
on Aug 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm

@danvillain: I am sorry to see you call yourself a villain.

In any case, I suggest you limit your comments to responding thoughtfully to others' comments, rather than resorting to maligning the poster with epithets you perceive to be insulting and discrediting. Namecalling is the last resort of those who disagree with a statement but have nothing persuasive to say to argue against its truth. Please read former Council candidate Tony Adamich's comment above for an instructional on appropriate comments.

6 people like this
Posted by Rocky
a resident of Danville
on Aug 20, 2016 at 6:07 am

Thank you, Mr Doyle, for your service & many contributions to our community.

5 people like this
Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Aug 20, 2016 at 1:57 pm

I remember many years ago a few young losers were outside the Veterans Hall in downtown Danville trying to actually burn an American Flag and Mike Doyle(who then I think was almost 70) came running out of Elliott's Bar along with some construction workers and he "physically" stopped the young losers and took control of the flag and the scene before the police arrived. I may not always agree with Mike Doyle on the issues, but that feat alone made me a Mike Doyle fan! Drinking a beer at Elliotts, kicking some liberal loser butt, and protecting the American Flag, that is my kind of politician! Thank you Mike Doyle!

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Posted by Danvillain
a resident of Danville
on Aug 22, 2016 at 8:48 am

Mike Doyle's a liberal AND a patriot. As are most other Californian-Americans, American.

Trumpident: it's a play on words. And if you want to change the Town Council, be the change you want to see.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Aug 22, 2016 at 10:01 am

"Loser" seems to be the most popular pejorative label used lately those on the right wing of the political spectrum to describe those with whom they disagree -- no matter what the situation.

Wouldn't it be ironic if their candidate, who uses that term the most freely, become the biggest loser of all in the presidential election?

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Aug 22, 2016 at 12:48 pm

"Dave": Yes, the term "loser" accurately depicts the individuals who were trying to burn our American flag in downtown Danville. I could care less what their political views were, that does not make them a loser. But burning our American flag in front of the Veteran's Hall that honors those who actually risked their lives for our freedoms, makes them a "loser".

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Posted by Danvillain
a resident of Danville
on Aug 22, 2016 at 5:47 pm

So, "American," are you "walking-back" your gleeful recent statement above, about ".. kicking some liberal loser butt?" Sounds like you'd "like to kick the crap outta them," or worse if you're one of those Second Amendment types.

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Posted by Tena
a resident of Danville
on Aug 23, 2016 at 9:29 am

Since there are three candidates and three positions, does that mean that Danville will not have to pay for an election?

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Posted by Katie Brooks
a resident of Danville
on Aug 23, 2016 at 12:37 pm

I don't see how this is a rigging of an election. An 86-year old man deciding late not to run, resulted in the filing deadline being extended, which allows anyone else to run; anyone could have filed regardless of whether or not Mike Doyle was running.
Mike Doyle - love him.

Danville was and is a beautiful town. I appreciate someone like Lisa Black stepping up to serve the community.

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Posted by MR P M
a resident of another community
on Aug 23, 2016 at 5:23 pm

MR P M is a registered user.

Maybe Danville should take a lesson from the City of Thousand Oaks.!

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