I sent the following message Wednesday evening to City Councilwoman Rochelle Swanson:
“Most of the remaining votes from last week’s City Council election were counted today, and your lead has increased. It is time for me to formally concede that you have won the second council seat in this election. You have my best wishes for success in dealing with the city’s issues and problems.”
After Wednesday’s count of remaining ballots at the Yolo County Elections Office, Councilwoman Swanson’s lead over me for the second of two open City Council seats increased from 213 to 413 votes. This is not what I had hoped for, but it is now done.
Throughout my campaign, I stressed the issues of fiscal sustainability and affordability in Davis. The campaign included a candidate statement in the County Voter Pamphlet received by all voters, mailers introducing my positions to more than 19,000 likely voters, newspaper advertising, all available media opportunities, a website and precinct walking by myself and volunteers throughout Davis. I am confident in saying that all voters had an opportunity to learn my concerns about and solutions to problems facing Davis. Voters obviously preferred other candidates.
I also need to express my gratitude to the many volunteers and supporters of my campaign. I am not personally distressed by not being elected. I am more troubled by the inability to carry ahead the hopes of those who spent so much time and effort on my behalf. The best I can do now is to say a heartfelt thank you and hope that those who have been elected to the City Council will do their job well.