Atherton voters sent Vice Mayor Elizabeth Lewis back to the city council along with challenger Cary Wiest, both of whom received heavy backing from the town's police union.
At 11 p.m., with all eight precincts reporting, Lewis received the most votes, 1,690, or 35.7 percent of the total, followed by Wiest with 1,209, or 25.6 percent, according to the San Mateo County Elections Office. eached by phone, Lewis said she was "humbled that the residents have chosen to re-elect me."
Businessman Greg Conlon came in third with 1,002 votes, or 21.2 percent.
Landscape architecture business owner Denise Kupperman ended in last place with 828 votes, or 17.5 percent.
In recent months, the Atherton Police Officers' Association jumped into the council race by endorsing Lewis and Wiest and telling residents through phone calls and mail that a vote for the wrong candidate could result in the department being outsourced.
Campaign finance documents filed by the union's political action committee show that $14,035 was raised for its election effort, with more than half of that amount going directly to support the two endorsed candidates.
In editorial board meetings with The Daily News, however, all four candidates said they had no intention of contracting out for police services and would only consider doing so if the town faced extreme financial circumstances such as bankruptcy.
Lewis said she did not align herself with the union's "party line" or ask it to spend money on her campaign. She also downplayed the police officers' influence on the election, noting that she also received their endorsement in 2008 when she made her first -- and unsuccessful -- bid for the council.
Kupperman was chairwoman of the town's Library Building Steering Committee, which had come under fire from some residents who disagreed with a plan to put a new town library in Holbrook-Palmer Park instead of rebuilding it at its current site near the Town Center. Wiest had spoken against the process that led to the council's 3-2 decision last year to relocate the library and campaigned on a promise to be more responsive to residents' concerns.