Incumbents post solid night in Livermore, Dublin; Measure U soundly defeated

San Ramon and Danville races also spotlighted in Tri-Valley election roundup

Voters backed recognizable faces throughout the Tri-Valley during the general election, with every competing city incumbent scoring a victory on Election Night across Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon and Danville.

Meanwhile, two elected seats with only challengers left in the races -- the second available City Council position in Livermore and Dublin -- remained too close to call with margins of under 350 votes each.

In Livermore, Mayor John Marchand dominated his re-election bid with 75.79% of the vote, as of the final count released by Alameda County election officials at 2 a.m. Wednesday. Lone challenger Joshua Laine, owner of Valor Winery in Livermore, had 23.40%.

With two seats up for grabs for City Council, Livermore voters preferred incumbent Bob Woerner (30.28%) to retain his position on the dais.

For the second seat, available with Councilman Steven Spedowfski not seeking re-election, sociologist and former Livermore Shakespeare Festival board member Trish Munro (20.05%) held a 340-vote lead over Planning Commissioner Neal Pann (18.79%).

The remaining challengers were chief technology officer Alan "Brent" Siler (16.96%) and estate planning attorney Rosmary Bartsch (13.63%), who did not actively campaign but was backed last-minute by The Independent.

Livermore voters also shot down the Measure U health care initiative, with 82.47% voting No compared to only 17.53% voting Yes.

The ballot measure sought to overhaul health care in the city by limiting medical care prices charged by providers to 15% above "the reasonable cost of direct patient care" -- and it tasks the city government with making sure that happens with each patient at every provider, large-scale or small, in Livermore.

The measure was spearheaded by the Service Employees International Union, United Health Workers (SEIU-UHW). The opposition campaign featured a coalition of health care providers, hospital staff and volunteers, and Livermore civic leaders, among others.

The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District had three seats up for election, with incumbents Craig Bueno and Anne White finishing first and second, respectively, and challenger Emily Prusso coming in third.

Challengers Dave Vonheeder and Chung Bothwell placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Kate Runyon was the only Tri-Valley local incumbent to lose a re-election bid, finishing fifth.

In Dublin, Mayor David Haubert finished comfortably ahead sitting Councilman Arun Goel for the mayoral post. The totals stood at 59.91% for Haubert and 39.26% for Goel.

The Dublin City Council had two seats open for election without incumbents Abe Gupta and Janine Thalblum in the race. Finishing easily in the top spot to become a new council member was educator Jean Josey (32.24%).

Leading for the No. 2 spot at the end of Election Night was consultant/Navy Reservist Shawn Kumagai (21.62%), holding a 344-vote lead over slow-growth candidate Bobby Khullar (18.99%).

The other challengers were retired state accounting officer Jing Firmeza (17.26%) and perennial candidate Shawn Costello (9.50%).

This marked the first district-based election for the Dublin Unified School District, and both incumbents had a comfortable Election Night.

For Trustee Area 2, incumbent Megan Rouse had 70.95% of the vote and challenger Erin Herrera had 28.30%. For Trustee Area 5, incumbent Dan Cherrier had 66.50% and challenger Dominic Piegaro had 32.77%.

In San Ramon, two City Council seats were being contested -- including an open seat after Councilman Harry Sachs opted not to run.

With 100% of the precincts reporting in San Ramon early Wednesday morning, 21-year San Ramon council member Dave Hudson led with 37.53% of the vote and was followed by Sabina Zafar, former member of the city's Transportation Advisory Committee and 2016 council candidate, who earned the second-place spot with 27.16% of reported votes.

Zafar, who was born in Pakistan, will become the first woman of color to serve on the San Ramon City Council.

San Ramon parks commissioner Sridhar Verose was in the third spot with 18.07%. Aparna Madireddi, a small business and community volunteer, rounded out the ballot with 17.24% of Election Night results.

In San Ramon's mayoral race, Mayor Bill Clarkson posted a commanding lead in his quest for a fourth and final term as the city's top elected official with 76.66% of the vote. Challenger, political newcomer and engineer Sanat Sethy, trailed at a distant second holding 23.34% of preliminary results.

Turning to San Ramon's northern neighbor, Danville incumbents held a substantial lead on Election Night.

Karen Stepper sat as the top vote-getter with 45.46% of the vote as of early Wednesday morning. Following closely was fellow council member Robert Storer -- who co-hosted an election viewing party with her -- who took 41.54% of the vote.

Challenger and political newcomer Ram Namburi held a distant third in the race obtaining 12.28% of reported votes, while his proclaimed running mate, write-in candidate Jami Tucker, trailed the pack garnering 0.72%.

The unofficial election results include early vote-by-mail tallies and totals reported by the precincts on Election Night. The election figures will likely change in the coming days as final vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots and other qualifying ballots are processed, according to the California Secretary of State.

Editor's note: Reporter Ryan J. Degan contributed to this story.

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