Danville voters have continued their streak of always re-electing town incumbents, with Town Council members Karen Stepper and Robert Storer dominating by large margins on Election Night.
Stepper and Storer took a commanding lead early on Tuesday night and did not let go, each acquiring more than three times the amount of votes as third-place finisher, Ram Namburi, who was the only challenger on the ballot.
Stepper was the top vote-getter with 8,773 votes, or 45.39%, with 100% of precincts reporting in as of early Wednesday morning. Following closely was fellow council member Storer -- who co-hosted an election viewing party with her -- who took 8,032 votes, for 41.55%.
Challenger and political newcomer Namburi held a distant third in the race obtaining votes from 2,389 residents, 12.36% of reported votes. His proclaimed running mate, write-in ccandidate Jami Tucker, trailed the pack garnering 136 votes, for 0.7%.
There are still ballots left to count, namely provisionals and final-day vote-by-mail, but the Election Night results represent the bulk of ballots cast, and the margins are too significant for either challenger to overcome.
No sitting Town Council member has ever lost a re-election bid since Danville incorporated in 1982.
“We think (residents) enjoy the town and that's the feedback that we got,” Stepper said in the days after her victory at the polls. “The feedback we got (campaigning), especially from walking door to door, was extremely positive. People were really gracious and appreciative ... a campaign really gives you the opportunity to push you out to people you don't see everyday.”
A 16-year member of the Town Council, Stepper ran on a campaign of success, promoting her past achievements such as helping make Danville one of the safest towns in California -- according to Stepper, ranked the third safest in 2017 -- helping the town maintain zero debt, and maintaining Danville’s “small-town vision.”
While Stepper did take some time to appreciate her two wins this week (the soccer team she coaches won a big playoff game Wednesday), she isn’t going to waste any time getting to the business of town governance.
“We are working on a lot of what I guess you would call infrastructure projects that are coming to the floor soon. I know we are working on the town offices and a lot of the others have to do with parks and those will come back up when we do the budget. We spend a lot of time on those planning before we adopt any so I'm excited about those,” Stepper said.
Storer achieved a third full term at the position, receiving a strong showing of support from Danville voters.
“We ran a solid clean election, we did all of the right things. We had a message, we had a vision, we set out and kept strong about all of the things that are positive about Danville. Because frankly when we drive home we love the same things that each of you do,” Storer told his supporters at his re-election party. “Each of us on this council plan on doing this for awhile and we have everyone's best interests at heart and we will continue this.”
Possessing a variety of experience in town leadership, Storer has served the community on the Chamber of Commerce, Planning Commission, Design Review Board, Finance Committee and as council liaison to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.
While campaigning he stated that he would continue to promote his priorities of supporting veterans and seniors, as well as preserving open space, the small-town character and overall quality of life of Danville.
“We think we still have a lot of things we want to accomplish in Danville and that's why we chose to run again,” added Stepper. “Everyone has their own passion they bring to the floor and we have a lot more to do.”
The unofficial election results include early vote-by-mail tallies and totals reported by the precincts on Election Night. The election figures will likely change in the coming days as final vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots and other qualifying ballots are processed, according to the California Secretary of State.