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Showalter pulls ahead for third seat on City Council

Original post made on Nov 13, 2018

With votes still being tabulated, the winners in the Mountain View City Council race appear to be shifting. As of Tuesday morning, the latest tally shows incumbent Pat Showalter overtaking Alison Hicks for the third seat up for election, with Lucas Ramirez in second place behind front-runner Ellen Kamei.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 1:48 PM

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Posted by Close race, including incumbents
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm

It’s starting to look like this election *isn’t* actually a flat repudiation of the progressive policies of the current city council, contrary to the loud voices that roam these comments.


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:41 pm

@Close Race: Oh jeez. This WAS a repudiation, no matter how you try to spin it. Two outsiders are IN for sure, the mayor is OUT for sure, and the other incumbent MIGHT keep her seat by the skin of her teeth or not. That is not mixed, that is get in new blood, with a single incumbent possibly being able to scare up 1/6th of the vote. In the end I am not that worried about Showalter getting in or not, but this was definitely a signal that the voters want a different direction.


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Posted by Oh no!!
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:43 pm

Let's hope the third-place spots flip back! I can't imagine another term for Pat Showalter, as she's shown to be tone-deaf to what Mountain View residents are saying and oblivious to the city's real needs. Her developer-backed campaign should have been enough to turn off most voters -- at least those who don't have some financial interest in projects the council will at some point vote on.


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Posted by This just in
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:49 pm

Inks and his conservative policies are still dead last in the race. Soundly rejected by pretty much everyone who even sniffed at a ballot.
One's policies are looked at more closely than just the need to get someone out.

I'm also hoping Showalter gets replaced as well to get some fresh ideas in.


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Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2018 at 4:01 pm

So, they have outsourced the counting of the votes for MVCC to Broward County, Florida?


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Posted by John Novakovic
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm

@Close race

It is a repudiation of Lenny Siegel and John Inks, for sure. Not since 2000 has a Mountain View city council incumbent been denied re-election. As for Pat Showalter,
if she does actually prevail over Alison Hicks, I hope she has learned something from this close call. Election to city council is not a blank check to break campaign promises and ignore the views of constituents.


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Posted by Grumpy Minority
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 13, 2018 at 4:20 pm

It's fascinating how the grumpy minority in this comments section wholeheartedly believe no matter what the outcome, the lesson is the same. In reality, if the standings stay where they are, the incumbent and the incumbent's endorsed successor (remember Ken?) will have retained seats, with one new candidate replacing the other incumbent who was just behind them. A clear, strong endorsement by voters of the pro-housing policies put forth by these candidates.


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Posted by DDD
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 13, 2018 at 4:49 pm

@Reader

What is wrong with Broward County? Do you buy into Trump and Republican's fallacious attack on democracy?


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Posted by Simple Math
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 13, 2018 at 5:18 pm

@This Just In

I'm not endorsing any candidates, but my techie brain is unable to resist making some observations about your "pretty much everyone" claim. The math is simple - assume pretty much everyone who voted cast 3 votes. This is a good assumption.
This means, with the current standings, 57,842/3 = 19,280 people voted. Of those, roughly 35% cast a vote for John Inks. This is a far cry from "pretty much no-one". At 98% I'll give you "pretty much everyone", but not at 65%.

At which point my non-techie side whats to say what I have often said to my children. So I say "and how do you think that makes them feel when you say that? How would you feel if roles were reversed and someone said that to you?"


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 13, 2018 at 5:27 pm

@DDD: Dude, where have you been. You don't have to be a Republican or a Democrat to remember that Broward county is FAMOUS for having these issues in counting votes and always lags WAY behind the rest of the state for who knows what reasons. They always just keep finding more votes to count. Either there IS something crooked going on, or they are just innocently INCOMPETENT!


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 13, 2018 at 5:35 pm

@Grumpy minority: How do you call them the minority, when on this thread alone my comment about the voters looking for new blood got over 100 likes so far, someone else in a similar vein got over 60 likes, and most of the comments disagreeing are getting 2 or 3?

You can disagree. That is fine. But calling them the minority when they don't agree with you, is wrong. You seem far grumpier personally. At any rate, looking forward to a little change. That is what voting is about. People expressing different ideas.


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Posted by Grumpy Minority
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 13, 2018 at 5:46 pm

Ron, I can't tell which is worse, if you actually believe that 100 people liked your comment or are just pretending. Actual votes, as we just saw, tell a much different story, and you can't just get more of those by clicking a button over and over again.


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Posted by Member
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 13, 2018 at 5:52 pm

Vote them all out, they all suck and are backed by developers. They have collectively destroyed Mt View for the past 20 years.

Everything is way worse, crime pollution traffic noise

Target for all criminals to come sponge and destroy

They council all pretty much hate Mt View residents and been doing their best to make everything worse for law abiding tax paying citizens for 2 decades now.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Nov 13, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Unaddressed is whether ballots being counted last were cast or received late in the process. I received a late mailer or two from Pat Showalter. Maybe that is why she improved slightly in the most recent counting. But if ballots being counted now could have been submitted at any time, Showalter may just have a 50-50 chance of staying ahead of Alison Hicks. Or we can just forget aboit it. Sleep for a week and look again when the counting is done.


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 13, 2018 at 6:55 pm

@Grumpy: Ummmm..... the actual votes tell the exact story that I described: that the majority of voters wanted change and voted for it. You can spin it any way you want, but you would be wrong. You might get a job with Trump or Pelosi though.

As for the likes on my post, you can only upvote something once on a given device. So unless you are saying there is some vast conspiracy to log in multiple times from multiple accounts and devices to upvote me and "Oh No!!", I mean, I am flattered, but that is rather silly.

Stop being so grumpy, Grumpy.

Looking forward to a revised council.


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Posted by Grumpy Minority
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 13, 2018 at 7:01 pm

Wait, so you're saying the majority of voters wanted change, therefore they voted in the incumbent and the incumbent's endorsed replacement? That's an airtight case you've made.

And you literally believe there are 100 people that liked your post? I'll give you a hint, you can "like" as much as you want from the same device. Sorry to burst your bubble that there are 100 people out there liking your posts :(.


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Posted by Ron
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 13, 2018 at 7:44 pm

@Grumpy: Hey, you believe what you like Mr. Grumpy. You will anyway.


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Posted by Grumpy Minority
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 13, 2018 at 7:58 pm

Whoa, did you see how many likes my last post got? Clearly, I'm right, Ron, and there's a silent majority of readers who agree with me.


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