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Showalter holds lead, but council race still in limbo

Original post made on Nov 21, 2018

Two weeks after the Nov. 6 election, the battle for one of the seats on the Mountain View City Council is still too close to call. Councilwoman Pat Showalter and Alison Hicks remain locked in a tight race that may not be decided until every last vote is tabulated by Santa Clara County elections officials.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 21, 2018, 10:46 AM

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Posted by Harvey
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Nov 21, 2018 at 11:52 am

People often focus on the president and congress but local elections also have a huge impact on our daily lives but receive less media coverage unless you read local news like the voice.

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Posted by Grumpy Minoritu
a resident of Castro City
on Nov 21, 2018 at 12:06 pm

It's really arrogant of Alison Hicks to say that, even if she loses, voters wanted her positions. If she loses, then an incumbent and the candidate endorsed by a retiring incumbent will have won, with the other incumbent not far behind. Doesn't sound like a "very clear message" to me.

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Posted by @grumpy
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 21, 2018 at 12:15 pm

It's a pretty strong message. The incumbents should have finished one two. Showalter is barely clinging to the third spot. From the picture in the article, what is Inks doing by staring at Hicks? Is there something going on between these two? I see a tango or salsa dance in the future between these two

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Posted by Grumpy Minority
a resident of Castro City
on Nov 21, 2018 at 12:30 pm

How is it a strong message that they finished second and third, given that Lucas was endorsed by Ken? On top of that, the candidate saying that it's a strong message is currently losing.

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Posted by Hey
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 21, 2018 at 1:18 pm

You comment on the elections as if you know why everyone else in town voted. It's a bit silly since at that point you're diving into your imagination and making stuff up in your head.

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Posted by Grumpy Minority
a resident of Castro City
on Nov 21, 2018 at 1:28 pm

It's no more silly than Alison saying it was a "very clear message" or the rest of the angry commenters saying that this vindicates their hatred of RVs. What my statements have on their side, however, are facts and evidence. That reality doesn't line up with your Voice echo chamber of angry anti-RV sentiment isn't my problem.

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Posted by Maher
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Nov 21, 2018 at 7:18 pm

Maher is a registered user.

Grumpy... just stop with your silly sour grapes. You prefer Showalter and think if she wins that would be a vindication of your views.

But if Hicks wins it will just be a mistake!? Ridiculous. Hicks had no name recognition, very little money (took no money from the landlords or realtors... which Showalter cannot say) but had plenty of proven skills re good city developing processes and clear thinking on how to move our lovely city into the future and she ran a very candid and honorable campaign. She's in no one pocket.

I voted for her and I voted for all the women. :) (Don't you dare scold me...boys have voted exclusively for boys for generations. It's the girls' turn now.) Hicks was my favorite by a mile.

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Posted by Grumpy Minority
a resident of Castro City
on Nov 21, 2018 at 7:53 pm

Grumpy Minority is a registered user.

I'm pointing out the absurdity of her claim that it was a "very clear message" when she's currently losing. The reality is that an incumbent and a candidate endorsed by a retiring incumbent are both currently winning. If there's a very clear message, it's not what Alison Hicks is pushing. Really, the only clear message was the outright rejection of the anti-RV faction, with their candidate, John Inks, losing in a landslide.

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Posted by Common sense
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Dec 6, 2018 at 10:10 am

Common sense is a registered user.

Evidently it's in limbo no longer, with 100% of votes now reported *counted* at the registrar. And Pat Showalter's off-and-on lead (reported twice in the Voice) disappeared some time back; Hicks has been about 100 points ahead for a week or so, and is now the listed winner.

Final tally on registrar site as of now:

Name / Votes / %

ELLEN KAMEI 11,916 19.00%
LUCAS RAMIREZ 11,397 18.17%
ALISON HICKS 11,129 17.74%
PAT SHOWALTER 11,032 17.59%
LEONARD M. ''LENNY'' SIEGEL 9,929 15.83%
JOHN INKS 7,319 11.67%
Total votes 62,722

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