Danville Mayor Newell Arnerich is hoping to be the next state assemblyman for the 16th District. Also planning to run for the seat is Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer, who announced his intention last month.
Arnerich, who has been on the Danville Town Council since 1995, will run as a Democrat, and is seeking the seat currently held by Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), whose term limit is up in 2014.
The district includes Lamorinda, Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore.
Arnerich, 60, was re-elected to the Town Council in November, finishing second out of seven candidates to secure another term.
(Related: You can read Arnerich's Town Council candidate profile here.)
In a press release, Arnerich said:
My role at the State level will be to focus on long term budget planning and bring back an affordable University of California and State University education for our children in the State of California. My wife and I both owe our career successes to affordable access to the University of California and State University educations. The future of California has many different roads to choose from, let’s choose the path for success of our children, public education and business communities. I have learned that when there is a problem in California we ‘innovate’ solutions and not continue on the road of the past, but rather focus on the future. California is the best place for innovation and there is no problem we cannot solve with dedicated and passionate leadership,