Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and City Council members Cindy McGovern and Matt Sullivan were sworn in—again—Tuesday night to new terms of office following their victories in the Nov. 4 municipal election.
Alameda County Registrar Dave Macdonald certified the results of the election, reporting that Hosterman received 17,192 votes against 14,717 votes received by her opponent Steve Brozosky. It was Brozosky's second try in as many years to unseat Hosterman, who now goes on to a third two-year term. Under term limits, Hosterman can serve eight years, which means that she still has another term to serve if she again seeks re-election in 2010.
In the council race, McGovern led the ticket with 18,152 votes. Sullivan received 16,235, with businessman Jerry Pentin finishing third in the contest for two council seats with 11,020 votes. Former teacher and school principal Howard W. Neely received 6,063 votes despite announcing shortly after he registered that he was stepping out of the race for personal reasons.
In the registrar's canvass of all votes cast in Pleasanton, Macdonald reported that a total of 35,071 votes were cast in the Nov. 4 election here, representing 83.98 percent of the city's eligible voters.
In the two hillside protection measures on the ballot, Measure PP, sponsored by the Save Pleasanton's Hills and Housing Cap citizens' coalition, received 18,623 favorable votes against 12,667 votes opposed to it. The council-backed initiative, Measure QQ, received 17,142 favorable votes, with 14,675 votes cast against it.
The election leaves the same council intact for at least another two years, when the terms of Hosterman and council members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne expire. Since Thorne and Cook-Kallio are serving their first four-year terms of office, all three will be eligible to seek re-election in 2010.
At the regular City Council meeting that followed the official seating of the newly-elected members, Cook-Kallio was appointed Vice Mayor of Pleasanton for a one-year term lasting through next December. She succeeds Thorne, who has served in that position this year.