Dillon-Knutson Will Not Seek Re-Election to Council

After 16 years on the Novato City Council, Carole Dillon-Knutson announced in a press release she will not run in the upcoming November election.

Novato City Councilwoman Carole Dillon-Knutson announced her decision not to seek re-election in November for a 5th term. 

“I have spent a lot of time reflection on my 16 years on the Novato City Council and why I ran in 1994,” said Dillon-Knutson in a statement released to the press. “Through this process, I felt a deep comfort in the priorities and accomplishments that I originally set as my goals: to create a balanced approach and focus on the quality of life issues so important to the residents of Novato.”

Dillon-Knutson served on the council for 16 years, serving twice as mayor. This year she was in line to serve as mayor again but was passed over for Councilwoman Madeline Kellner at the

Although the position is largely ceremonial, it was the first time in 30 years that a pro-tem mayor had been leapfrogged.

At the time, Dillon-Knutson called the move a “slap in the face, particularly on top of my husband’s death.” She was referring to her husband of 28 years, Art Knutson, who had died two months earlier.

Among the accomplishments that Dillon-Knutson cited during her terms in office, she included the Gymnastics Center, Novato Arts Center and Museum, restoration of Grant Avenue and the Novato City Hall, refurbishment of Novato playgrounds, reconstruction of Pacheco Plaza, and the developments at Hamilton of residential housing, wetlands, and city swimming pool.

She also served on numerous government committees, including the Marin County Council of Mayors and Council Members, the League of California Cities, Association of Bay Area Government’s Executive Committee, Transportation Authority of Marin, the Executive Board of Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit and the Novato Narrows Policy Committee. 

“I am looking forward to spending more time traveling and with my family and five grandsons, watching them grow,” added Dillon-Knutson in the statement.

“I personally want to thank all of my supporters and all of the people of Novato for allowing me the opportunity to serve – it would not have been possible without the support and kindness our community has given me.”

Bob Ratto July 27, 2011 at 02:50 AM
Carole has selflessly served this City, and she should be accordingly honored for her years of service and her accomplishments. She has worked to make this town a better place, and she is owed gratitude.
SHROYER FOR SUPERVISOR 2014 July 27, 2011 at 02:40 PM
Thank you Carole for your years of service
Sylvia Barry July 27, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Thank you, Carole, for your tireless service to the city during the last 16 years. It is impressive to read the list of accomplishments while you are on the city council and Novato is much better for it. This is a difficult and largely thankless job that you took on and I thank you for it. I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to juggle everything during the last couple of years while Art was ill. Thank you for all you have done, enjoy you time with the family. See you around!
Pam Drew July 27, 2011 at 02:59 PM
Logging in 16 years on the Novato City Council is a monumental achievement. Thank you Carole for your warmth, your understanding, and your political acumen over all that time. We've counted on you and you've been there.
Jan Morris July 27, 2011 at 04:23 PM
It was fun working with you to promote the ARTS in Novato, more specifically the Art Center at Hamilton. You stood fast & always managed to squeeze in public art in projects around town. We made a great team!.....Job well done
Bev James July 27, 2011 at 04:29 PM
Carole, I have always been in awe when I think of the countless hours you have put in not just at Council meetings but at countless committee meetings over the past sixteen years. You have more than earned some time off to enjoy more adventures with those grandchildren!
Trish Boorstein July 27, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Carole, though I've only recently had the opportunity to meet you and hear you at Council meetings, your concern for the citizens and this community have been heard. Your steadfast positions for the welfare of our town will be missed! Looking forward to another runway show with you!
Bill Bell July 27, 2011 at 05:52 PM
Carole, Thank you for all that you have done for our community. You have abundantly earned the accolade "Well Done". We also thank you for the years of friendship and wish you the best in your contentment ahead. Bill Bell
Clark A. Blasdell July 27, 2011 at 06:35 PM
Carole, Congratulations on your efforts and successes over all these past 16 years and many subjects and sites while you've been on the Council, and I'm looking forward to watching you as the financial times in local government make getting things done even harder now that that one once great local source - Redevelopment dollars via tax-increment - have apparently been re-directed back to Sacramento, it will be a lot less fun, as well as harder. Plus, I'll miss seeing you at YOUR campaign events .. ~ Clark
Elvera Berson July 27, 2011 at 11:46 PM
Carol, we sincerely appreciate the time and effort you have devoted to serving our community. Serving on the City Council is a tough job. We hope that after this you will take a well-deserved rest (think of those long Council meetings) and enjoy life to the fullest. Carol, we sincerely appreciate the time and effort you have devoted to serving our community. Serving on the City Council is a tough job. We hope that after this you will take a well-deserved rest (think of those long Council meetings) and enjoy life to the fullest.. Elvera and Alan Berson
Brent Carlson July 28, 2011 at 12:19 AM
Carol, Thank You so much for your many years (16) serving Novato. I give you praise. I know another City Council Woman and Mayor of Novato, Susan Stompe, basically in my Youth. She did the Grand Tour of Novato with me to get my Citizenship in the Community Badge, Required for Eagle Scout. I'll Never forget the Mayor of Novato and her help to attain a badge. describing to me what Olompai, could be. Before a State Park, which we need to manage I guess local. And YES, I'm willing to help with Olompali State Park without funds with security. I appreciate the history there
Jay Strauss July 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Carole--I haven't known you for long, but you've impressed me with your willingness to listen and your dedication to the best interests of Novato. I hope you stay active in community affairs after you leave the council because I think you have a lot to offer. Jay Strauss
Tea bags for Liberty July 31, 2011 at 06:01 AM
Lower taxes, 401k plans for city workers, more friendly business, safe schools, less crime? Was this part of your legacy?
Nancy Fabian August 12, 2011 at 11:48 PM
Carole, I am hard press to imagine a City Council meeting without you in attendance. You have been working for us, standing up for us so well for so long. I thank you for your wisdom and tenacity. And I hope I am one of those friends you get to see more often now. Nancy Fabian


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