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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Morgan Hill City CouncilCandidate for Council Member, Council District D

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Rene A. Spring

Program Management Director
8,678 votes (32.08%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Foster strong economic opportunities and job growth
  • Slow down residential growth by growing more responsibliy within our currently city limits to prevent urban sprawl and to protect our open space, AG land and view-sheds.
  • Create a more fiscally sustainable and safe community - one that does not overstretch our public services or lose valuable natural resources



Profession:Program Managmeent Director
Program Management Director, Cadence Design Systems (2001–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Morgan Hill — Appointed position (2012–current)


Stanford University Stanford Certified , Program Management Professional (2012)
KV Zurich Business School BS, Computer Science (1987)

Community Activities

Board of Directors, Morgan Hill Community Foundation (2012–current)
President, Morgan Hill Community Foundation (2016–current)
Board of Director, Mirasol of Morgan Hill HOA (2012–2016)
Board of directors, Leadership Morgan Hill (2012–2015)
President , Leadership Morgan Hill (2014–2015)


I’m a very active engaged community leader, ready to serve and to bring in a new perspective to the City Council.

·       I am a 12 ½ year resident of Morgan Hill.

·       I work as Program Management Director for Cadence Design Systems in North San Jose.

·       I am a Planning Commissioner in Morgan Hill (since 2012, chair 2014-15) and worked, amongst regular standard PC duties on the GP 2035 updates and RDCS overhaul.

·       I served on the Mirasol of Morgan Hill HOA Board of Directors for several years (until August this year).

·       I served on the board of Leadership Morgan Hill (2012-2015 and was its President 2015).

·       I have been a Board member of the Morgan Hill Community Foundation since 2012, and I’m its current President.




Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • South Bay Labor Council
  • Sierra Club
  • Santa Clara League of Conservation Voters

Organizations (9)

  • Santa Clara County Democratic Party
  • South County Democratic Party
  • Save Morgan Hill
  • Equality California
  • Democracy for America (DFA)
  • DAWN
  • Evolve
  • Victory Fund

Elected Officials (4)

  • Ken Yeager - Santa Clara County Supervisor
  • Luis Alejo - CA Assemblymember AD30
  • Karina Cervantes Alejo - Candidate Assembly District AD30
  • Alex Kennett - Director, District 1, Santa Clara Open Space Authority

Individuals (1)


Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Many of us believe that is time to turn a page and bring new leadership to Morgan Hill!  
Morgan Hill has been my home for over twelve years.
For many years I have been deeply involved in our community as a Planning Commissioner and as a Board member of well-known local nonprofit organizations  such as Leadership Morgan Hill and the Morgan Hill Community Foundation, as well as on the Board (until August 2016) of the Mirasol of Morgan Hill HOA.

My experience has shown me that a new strong voice at City Council is required to better reflect the issues and priorities our residents have.

I firmly stand for slower, more responsible residential growth; one that promotes a fiscally sustainable community and does not overstretch our public services or lose valuable natural resources.
  I opposed the City's annexation projects in the South Easy Quadrant (SEQ), and will continue doing as long we won't have a thought out plan in place for the entire SEQ .

I fought sub-urban sprawl projects such as the Oak Meadows project as well as annexation projects in the South East Quadrant to protect the beauty of our town and its surroundings.

The creation of well-paying tech jobs for residents is another priority for me. We need to retain our valuable Industrial land for such uses. Being employed in the tech industry, I am well positioned to help promote Morgan Hill as a great place to locate such companies here.

I want to improve our planning of neighborhoods, making them more safe and friendly for all ages, and accessible for a variety of income levels.

I support a safe, family and pedestrian friendly vibrant Downtown, and term limits for council members.

As an independent experienced community leader, I will continue to build bridges to foster positive change.
  We are running our campaign independently and not affiliated with any other local campaign!

I  have pledged since day 1 not to accept any donations from developers, builders and major landowners to maintain my independence.

  I am committed to working hard to win your trust, vote and to be your strong voice on our City Council.   I will bring in a different perspective to the Council. I am a different kind of community leader. I am ready to serve.   And, I have to tell you, your support means the world to me!

I respectfully ask you for your vote!

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