On that Election Day, Alamo residents not only will choose whether or not to incorporate their census-designated area of 16,000 people, they will also pick five of the 16 candidates to become the first town council - if the town is voted into existence.
It speaks well for Alamo that more than a dozen people have stepped forward hoping to serve on a new town council. A lot of decisions will be made by this first council, including hiring for key positions. Commissions will be formed and members appointed. A General Plan will be written. This first council will spend many hours studying the issues and working together at public meetings; candidacy is a huge commitment to a demanding, albeit rewarding, job.
Alamo is known for its educated populace and the number of CEOs tucked away on its country lanes. The makeup of the community is one reason pro-incorporation forces feel that Alamo would be better off running itself than Contra Costa County, as is now the case. Even those who praise the actions of the Board of Supervisors note that Alamo is but a small entity in the county's large District 3. Supporters of incorporation want to put local talent to work to make decisions for Alamo.
Applications for vote-by-mail are available starting Feb. 2, and requests must be received by the Registrar of Voters by Feb. 24. The last day to register to vote in this election is Feb. 17, which is also the deadline for write-in candidates to file.
This is an exciting time for Alamo residents to vote for or against incorporation as well as to get to know their neighbors who were passionate enough about their community to offer their services at this historic time. Whether incorporation passes or not, it is good news that so many well qualified people are willing to serve on the first council.