June 4, 2008

Jim Prola and Joyce Starosciak win; Linda Perry and Ursula Reed in Run-off

While the presidential candidates talk about change, San Leandro's City Council election results suggest that local voters prefer to stay the course. Voters returned two incumbents to City Council and a former City Councilmember will face a run-off election against a candidate who campaigned as a "fresh voice."

Jim ProlaIn the race for San Leandro City Council District 6, Jim Prola defied expectations and won outright over four opponents with 57.52% of the vote with all 58 precincts reporting at 1:16am. Estelle Clemons was a distant second with 17.78% of the vote. None of the other candidates, Mark Tichy, Hermy Almonte, and Wafaa Aborashed, managed to get more than 10% of the vote. Prola celebrated his victory at Zocalo Coffeehouse and watched the election results with District 2 candidate Ursula Reed, former California Assemblymember Johan Klehs and San Leandro City Councilmember Surlene Grant.

According to campaign finance disclosures Prola outspent his nearest rival, Clemons, by nearly four to one ($22,243 to $5,659).

Prola said he had been worried that he would face a run-off election against so many opponents, so he and his campaign volunteers walked door-to-door in nearly 38 of the city's 58 precincts. Instead of resting on election day, he handed out about 400 flyers at the San Leandro BART station.

In District 2, San Leandro School Board Trustee Linda Perry will face a run-off election in November against Ursula Reed. With all precincts reporting, Perry had 42.08% of the vote with Reed a distant 30.11% and Gilcrest close behind at 27.29%. As of the most recent campaign finance disclosures, Perry spent the least amount of money during the campaign, $6,508, compared to $9,573 for Reed and $13,623 for Gilcrest.

Unless a candidate receives 50% plus one of the votes cast for that office, a run-off election must be held. This comes as a result of Measure F, which was passed in 2000.

Perry previously served on the San Leandro City Council from 1988 to 1996.

Gilcrest had more success as the consultant for a school bond in Hayward, which passed with 71.94% of the vote and only needed 55% to win.

Perry handily won re-election to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee, where she was the top vote-getter of the seven candidates for the six seats.

Joyce Starosciak District 4 incumbent Joyce Starosciak easily won re-election over perennial candidate (and Republican nominee for 18th District State Assembly) Lou Filipovich with 62.58% of the vote. Despite having pulled out of the election, Paul Gonzales garnered more votes than Filipovich.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at June 4, 2008 12:04 AM | TrackBack

Robin Torello, Greg Sanborn and Diana Prola (all three re-elected to the Central Democratic Committee) and Shawn Wilson (political consultant who worked on the Hayward bond and ran Jim Prola's campaign) were all there as well.

Posted by: Tim Holmes at June 4, 2008 9:15 AM
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