NEWARK -- Alan Nagy won the race Tuesday night to become Newark's first new mayor since 1978.
With all six precincts and mail-in ballots counted, the longtime councilman captured 46.2 percent of the nearly 5,000 votes cast. Councilwoman Ana Apodaca came in second with 32.5 percent, and school board member Ray Rodriguez finished third with 21.3 percent, the Alameda County Registrar of Voters reported.
The winner will replace David Smith, who has served 33 years and is not running for re-election. He is the state's longest-serving active mayor and the nation's third-longest.
In the at-large City Council race, Maria "Sucy" Collazo captured the seat left open by Councilman Alberto Huezo, who decided not to seek re-election.
Collazo received the most votes, garnering 32.9 percent, while incumbent Councilman Luis Freitas retained his seat with 32.3 percent of the vote.
They defeated Mike Bucci (15.4 percent), Jack Dane (10.6 percent) and Richard Bensco (8.7 percent).
The City Council now must decide whether to fill Nagy's vacant council seat by appointing someone or by holding an election, City Clerk Sheila Harrington said.