With all election precincts reporting, Jerry Thorne has been elected the new mayor of Pleasanton.
And Jerry Pentin and Karla Brown won the two open council seats, winning out over Erlene DeMarcusThorne, who was first elected to the city council in 2005, rode into victory with a 10 percent lead in the voting over his challenger, councilmember Cheryl Cook-Kallio.
Thorne's final vote percentage, with all precincts reported, was 54.67 percent, while Cook-Kallio's was 44.78 percent.
Thorne said he is is looking forward to what lies ahead in his new role.
"Right now I feel really good about it ... . But I have to tell you, I feel a bit exhausted too," he said. "It's been a real experience. I've run a number of different campaigns now and this is by far the most interesting and the hardest fought campaign I have run." Thorne, who campaigned against opponent Cheryl Cook-Kallio, will replace outgoing Mayor Jennifer Hosterman.
The race for two council seats, being vacated by Matt Sullivan and Cindy McGovern, drew challengers Pentin, Brown and DeMarcus.
Brown and Pentin took an early lead over DeMarcus, and remained ahead.
Brown led the voting totals, garnering 37.1 percent of the total vote. Pentin was close behind at 31.6 percent. DeMarcus was only able to gain roughly 18.1 percent of total votes reported.Challenger Mike Harris, who withdrew from the race early on to take a new job position in Chicago, was still collecting votes late in the evening.
Pentin said the race was long and the campaigning was a lot of work, but that he was grateful for the support he received from family and friends in and around Pleasanton.
"We are being left with a pretty clean slate from the current council," he said. "But I am looking forward to the challenges we will have ... We are set for now, but we have a lot of prep and planning we will need to do for the future."
The Alameda County registrar of voters office reported Tuesday that it estimates about 25 percent of total votes cast will remain uncounted until at least Wednesday.
The office has counted mail-in ballots that arrived throughout the weekend, but the registrar said large numbers of voters have dropped off mail-in ballots at the polls, which are not counted on Election Day, and a larger than expected number of provisional ballots are being cast. The Pleasanton race for both mayor and city council saw a majority of the candidates generally agreeing on balancing the city's budget in coming months and continuing to negotiate pension contracts with the city's police and fire departments.
For Thorne, main campaign points included balancing the city budget, land development on the city's east side and a sustainable financial plan for public safety employees.
Cook-Kallio and Thorne also were strong advocates of moving forward with developing Pleasanton Gardens and Kottinger Place to improve senior housing in the city. They both stated that as mayor, they would get work started to renovate the senior housing sites, and that the work has taken far too long already.
The project was recently approved to move to the next phase of development by the Pleasanton City Council.
The new City Council will have its first meeting on Dec. 4.
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