District 1 Councilwoman Danielle Soto and District 6 Councilman Steve Atchley will end their terms in December and their seats taken by John Nolte and Debra Martin, respectively.
This summer Soto and Atchley voted in favor of allowing the transfer station to move forward. Nolte and Martin opposed the project.
Soto said her opponent "chose to focus on the transfer station" as part of his campaign, she said.
The project will benefit the city but he characterized it as a detrimental one, Soto said.
Atchley said the transfer station played a role in the election because Martin and Nolte are two people who have strong views opposing the facility.
The two winning candidates said the transfer station was a component of their platforms but was not the focus.
Nolte said in the course of his campaign he spoke with voters of his desire to work on matters related to public safety, job creation and a healthy environment.
The last subject would lead him to talk about the transfer station, a project that Nolte said will have negative effects on the area and those living near it.
It's a project City Council members approved "against the will of the people, and of the people most affected," he said.
Last November, Industry-based Valley Vista Services requested an appeal of a Planning Commission decision involving the company's proposal to build a waste transfer station on 10.5 acres of land in the 1300 block of East Ninth Street.
The Planning Commission had conducted a series of public hearings on the project last fall after which commissioners tied 3-3 on the matter. The deadlock amounted to a denial of the project.
In July the City Council conducted an appeal hearing that drew numerous residents who spoke for and against the project.
Council members voted 4-2 to certify the project's environmental study. Council members Cristina Carrizosa and Freddie Rodriguez cast the no votes.
Council members voted 4-1 to approve the conditional use permit for the project, with Rodriguez voting in opposition. Carrizosa left the meeting prior to the vote.
Council members Soto and Atchley along with Councilwomen Paula Lantz and Ginna Escobar voted in favor of the project.
Mayor Elliott Rothman did not participate in the matter because he had accepted campaign contributions from project proponents.
Martin said she talked about the transfer station with voters in the course of campaigning just as she did about the need to bolster the number of police officers in the city and repair city streets and sidewalks.
"I'd say it definitely was a part of it," Martin said. "But it was just one component."
Nolte said long before City Council members addressed the transfer station he had been thinking of running for a council seat.
Martin had made her decision to run in January.
Both have been the subjects of ads and campaign mailers that said they were part of a slate of candidates Carrizosa assembled to run against incumbents.
Nolte and Martin said Carrizosa was not involved in their decision to run for office as some claimed.
"It's just a total fabrication," Nolte said. "The decision was wholly my own and my family's."
As a community volunteer he has observed the approach city leaders have taken over the years in addressing some issues including matters related to policies on the towing of unlicensed drivers vehicles.
Martin said she has served on various city commissions in the last 13 years and has participated in crafting polices and creating programs.
For years friends and residents have encouraged her to run for office but it was in January that she determined the time was right to throw her hat in the ring, she said.
Carrizosa said she wasn't involved in Nolte or Martin's decisions to run.
"I did not select the candidates," she said. "I did not chose them. They are adults."
Both are people who have successful careers, have been involved in the community and have their own views on various issues, she said.
Nolte said as a council member he'll work on various issues including the transfer station and will see what the city's options are in dealing with the project, including exploring if it's possible to stop it.
"We need to make a decision that's acceptable to the community," Nolte said. "I'm going to do what I can and look at what the possibilities are."
Martin said that in addition to looking for ways of dealing with homelessness in the city, working to help downtown's revitalization continue and developing incentives to attract businesses she'll also address the transfer station.
"I would like to find a way to put it on (the ballot) so the facility can be voted on" by voters," she said.