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SJC City Council Election Results: Byrnes and Allevato Win

Voters may have split the factions, with former Mayor Roy Byrnes and incumbent Sam Allevato leading and only two precincts left to count.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, former Mayor Roy Byrnes is back on the City Council, and incumbent Sam Allevato will retain his seat in unofficial results released around midnight.

"Naturally, I'm grateful for the support of so many," Byrnes said early Wednesday morning. "I'm gratified for the confidence. I just hope I don't disappoint."

Byrnes and Kim McCarthy had captured the lead in mail-in and early voting and with two precints reporting, but the next wave of precincts reporting drew in the majority of the votes. 

For a moment, only 166 votes separated Allevato and McCarthy, but the incumbent pulled away some more for a total of a 273-vote difference.

Five candidates, including one incumbent, were vying for two seats on the council. (Candidate Melissa Abbott-Kaffen dropped out earlier in the race, but her name remained on the ballot.)

With all 24 precints reporting, here's how the race shaped up: 

ROY L. BYRNES 4,962 25.7% SAM ALLEVATO 4,283 22.2% KIM MCCARTHY 4,010 20.8% GINNY KERR 3,594 18.6% TOM MARANTZ 1,245 6.5% MELISSA ABBOTT-KAFFEN 1,206 6.2%

The voters appear to have split the vote between two factions.

Since the election of Derek Reeve to the City Council in 2010, many votes have gone 4-1, but the election of two compatriots in McCarthy and Byrnes could have changed all that. The two have been running as a slate. But only Byrnes will join Reeve.

Incumbent Allevato and Planning Commissioner Ginny Kerr ran as something as a slate as well, and have spent tens of thousands to win.

Meanwhile, Tom Marantz ran as an outsider and garnered 6.5 percent of the vote. He told Patch he was moved by how his fellow candidates and the community received him. He vowed to serve the city in some other capacity.

Lon Uso November 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Again, ouch, lol!!!
JessC November 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Dr. Uso, I am sure the "group" did not force Dr. Byrnes to run. Dr. Byrnes is a wise man and no doubt deliberated long and hard before tossing his hat into the ring. I love Roy and apparently more than half of SJC's citizens do also. The proof is in the pudding. He won by an overwheming majority. I only hope I have half of his energy, witt, and talent (God willing) if I should live to be 88.
JessC November 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I meant more than 5000 citizens, not half.
Lon Uso November 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Look Jess, I like Roy as well and for his age he is in good shape but i know the physical and mental toll that this job will put on him and because i like him i am concerned. I will bet you that Roy didn't wake up one day and decide how much fun it would be to be on the Council, someone convinced him, I hope that they don't regret doing so. I hope that I am wrong and that he enjoys the experience and comes through it unscathed, I truly do!!!!
Jim Schneider November 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Based on this election, it seems obvious that I need to run again and get elected to council. Sooner the better. FYI - I had no election signs to take down. Why are all candidates still thinking this works? SJC needs real change. I can provide this. I look forward to serving the people in this city. Jim Schneider - 2014

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