Councilmember is excited for the new chapter that lies ahead

By Rene Spring

Rene Spring

As I sit down to reflect on my time as councilmember of District C in Morgan Hill, the emotions are bittersweet. My recently announced decision not to seek re-election this November was a heartfelt one, made after much contemplation and consideration for my family. The outpouring of support from the community in response to this announcement has been deeply touching, and I am grateful for every kind message, text, and call that has come my way.

The nearly 12-1/2 years serving the residents of Morgan Hill — first as a planning commissioner, then as your councilmember for almost eight years while also serving as commissioner on the Veterans Commission of Santa Clara County for four years — have been a true privilege and one of the highlights of my life.

Looking ahead, with my husband, Mark, enjoying retirement and my professional career still thriving, I am excited for the new chapter that lies ahead. Spending time together with loved ones, exploring nature through hikes, and embarking on new travel adventures are all on the horizon.

While my tenure as a councilmember will conclude in December, my commitment to our community remains steadfast.

During my time in office, there have been numerous accomplishments that I hold dear. From championing fiscal sustainability, to advocating for the preservation of open space and agricultural land, to promoting animal welfare, and to advocating for term limits for council members and mayor, each success has been a testament to the collective efforts of our dedicated city team and residents.

I am particularly proud of the strides we have made toward inclusivity and support for marginalized communities. As the first openly gay elected councilmember in Morgan Hill, I have pushed for increased services for our LGBTQ+ community, ensuring every voice is heard and valued in our city. The annual raising of the rainbow flag stands as a powerful symbol of our commitment to diversity and acceptance.

Moreover, serving as the chair of the Santa Clara Habitat Agency’s Governing Board has been a privilege, allowing us to safeguard thousands of acres of open space and grasslands for future generations. The protection of the Tilton Ranch land, among others, is a legacy that will endure for eternity, preserving our natural heritage for all to enjoy.

Despite the triumphs, there have also been moments of profound sadness and challenge. From tragic incidents like the shootings at our local events to the painful losses suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the resilience and strength of our community have shone through in times of adversity.

As a councilmember, the road to progress is often fraught with challenges and setbacks. From facing new state laws that limit local control to navigating differing perspectives within the council, the path to enacting positive change can be a rocky one. But despite the many battles lost along the way, one thing remains constant — the unwavering commitment to serving the community and advocating for the causes that matter most.

For me, being a councilmember has never been about the title or the accolades. It’s about having a seat at the table and a voice that is respected and heard by colleagues, city staff, and residents alike. It’s about fighting for the issues that truly make a difference in the lives of those we serve and care deeply about.

In closing, I want to express my deepest thanks to the residents of Morgan Hill. It has been an honor to work alongside you, and I am confident that the city will continue to flourish under new leadership. Our journey together may be coming to an end, but the memories and experiences we have shared will always hold a special place in my heart.

Rene Spring is the Morgan Hill city councilmember representing District C.