RIO VISTA -- Rio Vista Planning Commissioner Norman Richardson won the Rio Vista mayoral seat with 54 percent of the votes in unofficial results with all precincts reporting. Councilwoman Janith Norman had garnered 44 percent of the votes.
"I think we are going to be fine. I feel very positive about the future of Rio Vista," said Richardson on Wednesday afternoon.
Although running unopposed for two open Rio Vista City Council seats, newcomer Jim McCracken slightly led fellow newcomer David Hampton in the race with 50 percent and 47 percent of the votes respectively. Both were expected to win the two seats unless there were strong write-in candidates on the ballot.
Current Rio Vista Mayor Jan Vick said that she was very much in support of Richardson because of his past experience in city government and as chair of the Rio Vista Planning Commission. She said that there will be a revamped council with four new people, including Richardson, McCracken, Hampton and recently appointed Councilman Tim Kubli.
"We are going to have a stable council that will discuss issues and decide on the best course," Vick said. "Even though they are new, they are very smart and willing to learn and have the good of the city at heart."
Richardson served on the Corte Madera Town Council. Calling himself a micromanager, he has a professional background in corporate real estate and plans to help the city balance its budget by making the audit reports current and implementing clear policies and procedures in the finance department.
Norman, a council member since 2008, credits her existing public service with providing strong leadership, energy and tenacity to get things accomplished and make crucial decisions. She has been actively involved with the Senior Summit and Healthy Food Festival and established Rio Vista's Slow Food chapter this year.
As another current Rio Vista Planning Commissioner, Hampton said that he plans to protect public safety services and community parks while trying to improve the city's fiscal state.
"We are going to have a real good council and we are going to see some improvements in the city I hope," Hampton said Wednesday morning.
In addition to being a self-proclaimed public safety advocate, McCracken said that he also wants to get Rio Vista's younger demographic more involved in civic affairs and unite all residents toward improving their city.
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