EMERYVILLE -- First-time candidate Jacqueline Asher won one of three City Council seats in Tuesday's crowded race.

But voters denied another term to embattled 24-year council member Ken Bukowski. He sought re-election despite having been fined by the state for misusing campaign funds, among other improprieties. He managed to get 13 percent of votes, putting him at fourth among the five candidates.

Asher, a lecturer at UC Berkeley, topped the list of candidates with a razor-sharp lead by taking 27 percent of votes.

Incumbent Nora Davis, a councilmember for 24 years, came in a close second with 25.3 percent of votes. Just under a quarter of voters decided to give Ruth Atkin, a council member since 1999, another term.

Davis, who moved to Emeryville four years ago, was one of two political newcomers. The other was Michael Webber, a commercial real estate attorney, who came in last with 9.5 percent.

The four-year terms of incumbents Atkin, Davis and Bukowski expired in November, freeing up the three seats.



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