[Editor: The sweep of local elections by three candidates who strongly opposed Valero Crude By Rail is to be celebrated. Our next four years in Benicia will hopefully be witness to a new majority on Council, with a vision for progressive values. - RS]
The Solano County Registrar of Voters issued a day’s end report at 5:44pm Monday 11/28. All Benicia ballots have been counted. A small number of provisional ballots from other cities remain to be counted. The County’s next update will be Tuesday, 11/29 at end of day. Mayor Patterson has won re-election. Steve Young has been elected and Tom Campbell has been re-elected to the City Council. Patterson, Young and Campbell will be sworn in at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 6.
Mayor Elizabeth Patterson‘s lead increased by 2 votes after today’s counting. Her margin of victory over challenger Mark Hughes has nearly tripled, increasing from 109 votes early on Wednesday morning, to 331 as of today. Hughes phoned Mayor Patterson on the day after the election to concede.
City Councilmember-elect Steve Young‘s lead over Tom Campbell increased by 5 votes today and his lead over Christina Strawbridge remained the same. Young remains the top vote-getter, now by a margin of 290 votes over Campbell and 808 votes over Strawbridge. Traditionally in Benicia, the Council candidate with the most votes becomes Vice Mayor until the next election cycle. Congratulations, Vice-mayor-elect Young!
Solano County Supervisor-elect Monica Brown also extended her lead over Mike Ioakimedes by 81 votes, increasing her margin of victory to 3778 votes (18784 Brown to 15006 Ioakimedes).