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Town of Corte MaderaCandidate for Town Council

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David W. Kunhardt

Solar Business Owner
1,211 votes (18.61%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • support schools and connections to Town: safe routes, yellow buses, sidewalks
  • Disaster and sea level rise preparation and infrastructure investments
  • Support the "Drawdown: Marin" campaign to reduce greenhouse gases.



Profession:Solar Business Owner
President & CEO, SolEd Benefit Corp (2013–current)
Member of the Democratic Central Committee of Marin, Marin Democratic Party — Elected position (2015–current)
Member of the Board, Environmental Forum of Marin — Appointed position (2016–current)
Steering Committee Member, Marin Chapter, Citizens Climate Lobby — Appointed position (2014–current)
Delegate, Democratic National Committee — Elected position (2016–2016)
Member, Citizens Oversight Committee on Construction of Twin Cities Police Station — Appointed position (2010–2012)


George Washington University M.S., Urban & Regional Planning (1979)
Middlelbury College BA with Honors, Political Science (1973)

Community Activities

Steering Committee Member, CTH Neighborhood Response Group (2018–current)
President, Lions Club of Corte Madera (2015–2017)


Thirty-five years in community development, real estate finance, and renewable energy. 10 years with Transamerica as VP of Community Investments. Since 2007,  David has developed and financed solar energy.  In 2013, co-founded and now president and CEO of SolEd Benefit Corp, pursuing the mission of delivering clean energy to schools and municipal clients for less cost.  See profile on

Graduate of Middlebury College with honors in political science. President of the Student Senate in Junior year, and attended the American University's Washington Semester program. Attended the Master of Urban & Regional Planning program at G.W. University, as an Oliver T. Carr fellow. 

In 2017, trained as a member of and speaker for the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Democratic Party of Marin County
  • Marin County Young Democrats
  • Marin Professional Firefighters

Elected Officials (1)

  • Congressman Jared Huffman

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Corte Madera needs some leadership accustomed to leaning in, and leaning forward.  After 20 years of volunteering in Town, I am ready to be that leader.  

Local Volunteer Engagements

  • 2016 Corte Madera "Volunteer of the Year"
  • Board of Christmas Tree Hilldwellers Association, 1997-2018, 3-term president
  • Trained "CERT" volunteer, as well as currently on NRG steering committee 
  • Citizens Advisory Committee on the Town's General Plan Update
  • Twin Cities Police Authority Construction Oversight Committee, 2010-12
  • Member of the Lions Club, 2011-present, and immediate past president, 2015-17
  • Volunteer with, delivery to non-profits and shelters in Marin

Regional Volunteer Engagements

  • Member of the Board of the Marin Workforce Housing Trust, 2008-13; Chair: 2010-12
  • For Citizens Climate Lobby, on the steering committee of the Marin chapter
  • Co-founder and steering committee member, Coalition for a Livable Marin, "CALM"
  • Member of the Board of Sustainable Marin, 2014-15
  • On the Board of Environmental Forum of Marin, 2016-present
  • Steering Committee of the Time to Lead on Climate coalition, 2015-present
  • Marin Democratic Party Alternate, 2014-15, Full voting member of DCCM, 2016-present
  • Elected Hillary Clinton Delegate to the DNC 2016 Convention, representing CA-02
  • Speaker for the Climate Reality Project.

Position Papers

Positions on Top Issues


Candidate David Kunhardt's stated positions on issues of importance to Corte Madera.

Here are my top priorities, in short.  I would like to hear about yours.

1. School supports.  The Town does not manage the local school districts, but our schools represent our biggest draw and asset.  The Town needs to be alert to supporting Safe Routes to School, improved sidewalks and crossings, yellow buses and Marin Transit service, among other things. 

2. Disaster preparation.  The North Bay wildfires taught us no one is immune.  We need to complete the deployment of our Neighborhood Response Groups, especially but not only on hillsides, for fire as well as earthquake preparedness.  

3. Promote the Drawdown: Marin campaign.  See the County website, "" for more on the several strategies to lower greenhouse gas content of our atmosphere.  Locally, the electrification of transportation, heating and cooking are the top goals. 

4. Sea Level Rise Adaptation. The biggest local consequence of global warming will be sea level rise, even if we succeed in slowing global warming.  This will entail a lot of infrastructure investment, and some changes in inter-agency rules and practices to allow the vulnerable third of Corte Madera to take necessary steps. 

5. Balanced future growth.  We have room to accommodate some added workforce and senior housing, without tipping over.  The Council can provide the right vision, as well as be the fair final appeal authority on all redevelopment proposals.  Due process and civil engagement are key. 

What do you think?

Expand PACE Loans in Corte Madera


Corte Madera allows only one company to provide Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Loans to be used in Town

One of the tools individuals and businesses can use to pay for energy efficiency improvements and solar installations is "PACE" financing.  That's Property Assessed Clean Energy loans, which are paid off via your real estate tax bill.  This is not the only tool, and in some cases not the most efficient tool, but it certainly is less efficient in Corte Madera, where our Town Council permitted just one provider of PACE financing to operate here.  The County of Marin has a longer list of accepted providers, more competition, and thus more effective use of the tool.  We need simply to adopt the same list of PACE lenders found acceptable to the County as our Corte Madera list, and let the market work.  Note that these are not just for solar, but also any energy efficiency improvements that a property owner may want to undertake.  This is just one example of ways in which following the path of other nearby communities can help us here in Corte Madera.

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