San Ramon, Danville council races taking shape

Three newcomers vying with incumbent in San Ramon; one challenger with two incumbents in Danville

With just days left in the candidate filing period, only two candidates have filed the necessary paperwork declaring their intent to run for the two available San Ramon City Council Seats.

So far incumbent Councilman David Hudson and political newcomer Aparna Madireddi are the only two San Ramon residents to officially register as candidates. They may not run unopposed however as San Ramon resident Sabina Zafar has made an appointment to file for candidacy this week and Parks and Community Services Commissioner Sridhar Verose has previously declared his intent to file.

The official candidacy nomination deadline for all local elections is Friday, but due to an incumbent electing to not file for candidacy -- in this case sitting Councilman Harry Sachs -- a five-day extension will be granted to residents wishing to run for the available seat. Pushing the deadline to next Wednesday (Aug. 15).

As for San Ramon’s mayoral race, so far incumbent Bill Clarkson is running unopposed as no resident has filed to challenge the three term mayor.

In the race for City Council, Hudson has served for five terms on the City Council, which has no term limits and served the city as mayor in 2001.

His experience extends beyond the city government; Hudson is the chair of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors, served on the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, was liaison to the League of California Cities and is a civil marriage ceremony officiant.

Hudson is also a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in 1969.

Madireddi, a 21-year resident of San Ramon, intends to be a strong contender after being endorsed by Sachs to become his replacement.

A small business owner of a software consulting firm, Madireddi is also an involved member of the San Ramon community, having served on the San Ramon Open Space Committee, Diversity Task Force, Chamber of Commerce and on the executive board of the San Ramon Valley Council of Parent Teacher Associations.

Verose, a 12-year San Ramon resident who works as a senior manager of infrastructure engineering for GSX Solutions, is another potential factor in the City Council decision. Verose has also confirmed that he has an appointment with the city clerk to declare his candidacy and is on track to throw his hat into the ring.

Verose is a member of San Ramon’s Parks and Community Services Commission, the San Ramon Diversity Task Force and a graduate of the Leadership San Ramon Valley and Citizen’s Planning Academy.

Zafar, a technology executive who intends to run for a council position for the second time. She placed third in her 2016 bid for council, coming in behind incumbent councilmen Scott Perkins and Philip O'Loane.

Zafar said her volunteering, and mentorship experience, have driven her desire to give back to San Ramon by running for City Council.

She currently serves as mentor on the Board of Bishop Ranch Intelligence Innovation Accelerator as a mentor for startups. She is also on the Board of Directors for San Ramon American Association of University Women, volunteers as a member of the Danville San Ramon Rotary Club, mentor for Girls Who Code, and is a Member of the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs.

While there is still time for a resident to declare their candidacy, as of Wednesday it appears that Clarkson is on track for the second consecutive election to run for the mayor’s position unopposed.

A 38-year resident of San Ramon, Clarkson has a long history of working in elected positions. In addition to serving as mayor since 2011, in 1998 he was elected to the San Ramon Valley school board and served for three terms, including three times as the board president.

If re-elected, Clarkson will have held the mayorship the maximum-allowed four terms.

For residents interested in filing for candidacy, the first step toward registration is setting up an appointment with the city clerk’s office. San Ramon residents will need to call 973-2539 or walk in at 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road. Potential candidates should be aware that the filing process can take an hour and a half if not longer, so residents should clear their schedules and plan accordingly.

Danville council

The Danville Town Council race is also heating up. Incumbents Karen Stepper and Robert Storer will face a challenger come November, as of Tuesday Danville resident Ram Namburi has officially filed papers declaring intent to run for a council position.

Namburi seems to be keeping the campaign on a word of mouth level so far and has yet to set up a campaign website. In 2017 however Namburi was part of a residential group opposing the town Planning Commission’s decision to approve a 150-apartment complex on Diablo Road just outside downtown.

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