"Throw the bums out?" Not in Lamorinda.
The anti-incumbent wave that swept through much of the country Tuesday night left local races largely untouched, as nearly every official defending their seat was re-elected.
The exceptions were in Orinda, where one council member appears to have lost his re-election bid and where the school board will have several new faces simply because none of the incumbents chose to run again.
Results were still unofficial Thursday, as the county has just begun the process of verifying and counting about 100,000 remaining mail and provisional ballots -- a process that could take a week or more.
Those ballots could affect the Orinda City Council election, where one council member is holding onto her seat by 59 votes.
Here is a roundup of local election results.
Lafayette City Council
Pointing to the city's good financial standing and the council's accomplishments over the past four years, Don Tatzin and Brandt Andersson told voters that if they liked Lafayette, they should give the incumbents another four years.
That argument apparently resonated. Tatzin, first elected in 1985 and the city's longest-serving council member, was re-elected with 33 percent of the vote. Andersson, first elected in 2006, won a second term with 29 percent.
Traci Reilly, the closer of the two challengers, received 23 percent of the vote. Political newcomer Dino Riggio
"People recognized that Lafayette's doing well and that incumbency and experience is actually a good thing -- when things are going well," Andersson said.
"(The council works) well together, and I think we all have the best interests of Lafayette at heart and will continue to do so," Tatzin said. "Essentially, we can just proceed as the fairly well-functioning organization that we are and encourage people to turn out and give us their opinions."
Reilly, who throughout the campaign argued the council had stopped listening to residents' opinions on issues like the downtown plan and the failed charter city proposal, said despite the loss she was happy her candidacy spurred discussion on those issues.
"Uncontested elections are, unfortunately, more common here than not and I think having a contested election forced conversations that people didn't really want to have," she said.
Moraga Town Council
A similar story played out in Moraga, where incumbents touting their accomplishments won the day over challengers who said the Town Council had been unresponsive to residents.
Dave Trotter and Ken Chew both cruised to second terms, with Trotter receiving 38 percent of the vote and Chew 34 percent.
Challenger Seth Freeman came in third with 17 percent, followed by Eleni Wanken with 7 percent and Dennis Wanken with 6 percent.
The election results show most Moraga residents believe the town is on the right track, Trotter said. And Chew agreed.
"The feedback I've been getting from the constituents all year long in the campaign indicates that "... there wasn't really anything we've done that would cause them to not give us another chance to serve them," he said.
But Freeman said the support he received demonstrates there is a large segment of residents dissatisfied with the town's government. He said he plans to run again in 2012.
Sounding upbeat the day after the election, Dennis Wanken said he and Eleni felt that, despite the loss, their message of a more transparent council resonated.
"I hope that the council becomes more inclusive and tries to encourage more participation in public policy decisions," he said.
Orinda City Council
In a close City Council election, one incumbent is back in, one appears to be out and another is barely hanging onto her seat.
Amy Worth was re-elected and leads all candidates with 25 percent of the vote. Tom McCormick, however, will likely lose his seat; he trails all candidates with 16 percent.
It remains a bit murky as to who will replace McCormick. Challenger Dean Orr is in second place with 20.2 percent of the vote, followed by incumbent Sue Severson with 19.6 percent and challenger Scott Zeller with 19 percent.
With mail and provisional ballots still uncounted, just 120 votes separate Orr and Zeller.
No matter who is ultimately elected to the council, cooperation will remain important, said Worth, who was first elected in 1998 and is the current council's longest-serving member.
"Whether we have one new member, or two new members "... I think it's incumbent upon all of us to work together," she said.
Lafayette school board
Incumbents Teresa Gerringer and Art Kapoor were both re-elected, and David Gerson led all challengers for the third open seat.
Gerringer received 32 percent of the vote, followed by Kapoor with 29 percent and Gerson with 16 percent.
Challengers Berch Parker and Saveth Soun each received 12 percent.
Current board member Ann Appert did not run for re-election.
Orinda school board
With no incumbents running for re-election, the board was going to have new faces all around regardless of Tuesday's results.
It appears those new faces will be Christopher Severson, Julie Rossiter and Tyson Krumholz.
In another close Orinda election, Rossiter has received 22 percent of the vote, followed by Severson and Krumholz with 21 percent each.
Challengers Bekki Van Voorhis-Gilbert and Sarah Butler have received 20 percent and 17 percent, respectively.
Moraga-Orinda Fire District
In the district's only election, John Wyro held on to his seat on the board of directors representing Division 4, which encompasses southeastern Orinda.
Wyro, who has been on the board for most of the district's 13-year history, defeated challenger Bob Jungbluth 55 to 45 percent.
Incumbents Frank Sperling and Dick Olsen did not face opposition and were automatically reappointed to their seats.
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