Unopposed incumbents Stepper, Storer appointed to new terms on Danville City Council | New
Two longtime Danville City Council members were nominated for additional terms this week rather than face an election with no opponents on the ballot in November, with officials indicating thousands in savings from the decision.
The council convened for a special meeting to discuss the matter on Tuesday morning, after incumbents Karen Stepper and Robert Storer were the only two to file nomination papers for the two council seats up for grabs in the general election of this year.
“In this situation, state law provides two options: hold the election with two names on the ballot or void the election and name the candidates,” Danville City Clerk Marie Sunseri said in a statement. a statement. “At their meeting on Tuesday, council elected to cancel the election. Choosing not to hold the election will save the city approximately $64,000 to $96,000, or $2-3 per registered voter.”
Stepper was first elected in 2002 and has served on the board ever since.
Storer was originally appointed to city council in 2009, to a position left vacant by the death of Mike Shimansky. In 2010, he and Stepper were also the only two candidates to stand for their seats and were nominated rather than elected. Stepper and Storer faced only one challenger, Ram Namburi, when he was re-elected in 2018.