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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.

Buy My Bikes November 07, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Sam and Roy good luck!!!!
Dusty W Otero November 07, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Hey Lon in 4 years I am going to run for city council,,,what do u think lol
Whiskey Bent November 07, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Seriously? These are the last things our council should address.
Whiskey Bent November 07, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Steve are you capable of being gracious? Maybe a thank you to Kim for trying to help our town?
Lon Uso November 08, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Love you Dusty, you can always make me laugh!!!!!!! lol
thejellyfish November 08, 2012 at 01:57 AM
It appears the Allevato/Kerr campaign used the same outfit to remove signs that is currently building the San Juan Creek underpass......
Lon Uso November 08, 2012 at 02:38 AM
there it is folks, the smoking gun. Get ready for jellyfishgate. So you are saying that a company that builds underpasses that employs engineers and other highly trained personnel has a division that picks up signs? or maybe you saw a pickup truck throwing signs from an election that's over into the back of one of their pickup trucks to help out the City. Schrimp, is this how you begin the cumbaya moment.
thejellyfish November 08, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Oh Dr. Uso, no silly. The San Juan Creek underpass is so far behind their completion dates, that Alevato/Kerr must have used the same workers because they are so slow in picking up the signs. Why did I have to explain this to you?
Lon Uso November 08, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Jelly, like I've been trying to tell the rest of your brain dead crew, there are plenty of legitimate gripes but it seems that you guys prefer the silly nonsense. I keep hoping that you will learn and attract some viable candidates that with the sensible truth on your side and a candidate that is not so angry that she scares people you will be able to put forth a successful campaign to challenge the status quo. good luck
ca November 08, 2012 at 04:08 AM
ooo please tell me you're kidding jclark!!...
thejellyfish November 08, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Dr. Uso, please no need to insult me. I am not sure what you mean by a brain dead crew. I am sorry that you do not enjoy humor.
thejellyfish November 08, 2012 at 04:20 AM
Dr. Uso, why do you always make such ugly comments? No one has said one bad thing to you. Yet, your comments are always so ugly?
Clint Worthington November 08, 2012 at 06:36 AM
Dusty, thank you for your help in getting those signs down. We had our crews out early this morning taking the signs down as soon as possible. i am sure that we may have missed a couple, but we tried to get all of our signs down as soon as possible.
Clint Worthington November 08, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Jim, that was very nice of you of you to say.
Steve Behmerwohld November 08, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Yeah Lon, nobody has EVER said ANYTHING bad about you! Now, if we can just fix Global Warming.
Dusty W Otero November 08, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Thanks Clint .. yes I seen you guys over by sj creek road this morning .. I took around 80 signs down and it was good work out.. .and it feels good to be a part of history,,, I see so much change in this valley ,,might as well be a volunteer..and leave a mark...
Steve Behmerwohld November 08, 2012 at 02:53 PM
@PubllusSJC re: Gracious, I like Roy and consider him a friend. re: Kim, I have always been told, "If you don't have anything nice to say about somebody, don't say anything at all".
SJCNative November 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
The true former mayor shows himself in his comments.
SJCNative November 08, 2012 at 06:19 PM
So far that saying has not stopped you.
Lon Uso November 08, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Gosh native, now you've gone and hurt my feelings. I was never one to mince words even as Mayor. You apparently identified with my comments.
Lon Uso November 08, 2012 at 06:41 PM
And yet there were so many things we could have said that we didn't For example; I can't believe that you people talked Roy into running for Council. There are so many things that he should be doing now to enrich the rest of his life. 4 years of this venom is going to hurt him more than anything i could have said about him. This is the most selfish thing I have ever seen in my life.
SJCNative November 08, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Again, the true former mayor is coming out, and it is obvious why you were not re-elected by the voters.
SJCNative November 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
On the other hand, Dr. Byrnes and his wife love this town so much after living here for 53 years that they have no problem devoting time to the town that they both so love. What an unselfish act by both of them. Thank you Doctor and Mrs. Byrnes !!
SJCNative November 09, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Buy My Bikes, you might want to let your neighbor, Matt Gaffney know that it is ok to take the election signs down for Allevato and Kerr down. It is too late to vote for Kerr.
Lon Uso November 09, 2012 at 06:23 PM
It is incredibly unselfish of HIM, no doubt about it!!! Roy is very dedicated to SJC. My comments were directed at those that convinced him to do it. Time will tell the toll that this will take on him.
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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