Young and Maciel were the clear leaders when unofficial results were released just before midnight on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Young had nearly 27 percent of the vote after ballots from all 34 precincts and mail-in ballots had been counted. Maciel had nearly 26 percent of the vote.
They were among five candidates going after two seats on the council. Voting results must be certified by Dec. 4.
Young collected 7,278 votes while Maciel had 6,911. Runner-up Raymond Morelos, had 4,701 votes (17.43 percent); Charles Manne had 4,282 votes (15.88); and Roger Birdsall had 3,679 votes (13.64).
Young, who finished in fourth place when she ran for council two years ago, said Tuesday night that the early count was an encouraging sign. She added that it was a relief to see that her persistent campaigning had paid off.
“I have to thank everybody, because there are so many people who have supported me and prayed for me and been there to really push through, especially my family,” she said.
Young said she felt that her grassroots campaign had connected with voters.
“It’s important to me to get out and meet people and talk to people face to face, in the store, in the gas stations, going down the street,” Young said. “We’ve been walking since August. I’ve met a lot of people.”
Maciel said his re-election affirms that voters recognize that the city is heading in the right direction.
“The biggest advantage I had is that I had a record, being the incumbent,” Maciel said. “I’m very proud that the city is doing so well. I don’t take credit for that, but I helped. That’s probably the thing that helped me the most.”
Maciel said the election process as a whole was positive, and each candidate had something to offer to the ongoing discussion about the city’s future.
“It’s not surprising that the percentages aren’t huge disparities,” he said. “You had five good candidates and everybody ran good campaigns, so it’s not surprising to see that vote spread out.”
The council will have one more open seat to fill, as Councilman Bob Elliott won the race for San Joaquin County Supervisors 5th District. The council will appoint somebody to fill that spot.
Council members handled the same situation in 2006 when Brent Ives was elected mayor during the November election. Maciel had finished third in that campaign, but the council appointed Steve Abercrombie, who had not been on the ballot, to the open spot.
Ives, who ran for mayor unopposed this year, said the next four years will see the council once again dealing with pressure to accommodate new residential development as the economy rebounds.
“There will be challenges in that. There always are,” he said. “At the same time, we’re going to be growing a lot in the retail side, the commercial-industrial side, so going to be balancing those things, along with the ongoing pressure of balancing our budget.”
Also running unopposed was city treasurer Ray McCray. He was appointed to the post in 1995, was elected in 1996 and has run unopposed every four years since then.
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