Incumbents so far control Election Night in the race to serve on the Danville Town Council, according to initial results released by Contra Costa County, with council members Newell Arnerich and Renee Morgan jumping to early leads — while senior commissioner David Fong follows closely in third vying for the final seat available.
Official election results are far from decided in the nine-way race for three available at-large council seats, however according to early in-person and vote-by-mail ballots collected — which have accounted for 49.66% of registered voters in Danville — as of 8:15 p.m. on Election Night Danville voters have so far cast their ballots in favor of continuity.
With 16,217 of Danville’s 32,657 registered voters reporting, in the top three spots Arnerich was the frontrunner on Tuesday earning 9,022, or 18.54% of the vote, followed by Morgan with 7,933, or 16.31%, and then Fong who collected 6,922, or 14.23%.
The night’s initial leaders were closely followed by former town commissioner Turner Stanton with 5,224, or 10.74%, business consultant PJ Shelton who had 2,685, or 5.52%, retired cop Kevin Traylor who collected 2,165, or 4.45%, businessman Allen Timmons who racked up 2,137, or 4.39%, tech engineer Nasser Mirzai who received 1,956, or 4.02%, and business owner Mohamed Elsherbini who trailed with 1,839, or 3.78%.
While and incumbent has never lost a big for re-election in Danville, at least one new candidate will be welcomed onto the Town Council after Vice Mayor Lisa Blackwell announced that she would not be seeking re-election.