PITTSBURG -- Incumbents Ben Johnson and Will Casey appeared to have won re-election to the City Council, according to unofficial results released early Wednesday morning.
Johnson garnered 39.84 percent of the vote followed by Casey with 28.46 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. Bob Lewis, who served on the council from 1989 to 2002, garnered 17.90 percent while George Harris, who was on the Planning Commission from 1993 to 2006, had 13.37 percent.
Johnson and Casey were first elected in 2004 and then reappointed in 2008 when no candidates challenged them.
Maintaining a balanced budget was a top campaign priority cited by Casey, a former San Francisco police chief who served as Pittsburg's top cop and city manager before he was elected. Casey, 74, said his years of experience serving on the council would help the city get through difficult financial times that have resulted from lower property taxes caused by the housing bust.
Johnson, 66, a retired banking professional, ran on a platform to bring more jobs to the city while maintaining a balanced budget. He pointed to improvements made as a result of redevelopment to the city's downtown area that has brought in new restaurants and shops. But, with the demise of redevelopment, he said the city will have to find new sources of revenue.
Lewis, a 63-year-old vice president of a property management firm, said now that redevelopment is gone, the city should turn more
Harris, an 82-year-old building contractor, has said his priorities in running for council are to bring more businesses and jobs to the city and that he would increase code-enforcement efforts to improve neighborhoods.
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