Galt Mayor Tony Gora on Tuesday eked out a six-vote victory over challenger Darryl Clare to retain his council position.
Gora, who trailed Clare by 20 votes on election night, won the second and final Galt City Council seat when final absentee and provisional ballots were counted.
The final tally shows Gora with 2,276 votes to Clares 2,270. Gora picked up 35 votes on Tuesday while Clare got 23.
There is a God, huh? said an excited Patrice Moreno, who practices real estate in Goras office. The citizens of Galt came through for him.
Gora was unavailable for comment Tuesday because he was undergoing routine breast cancer treatment in Sacramento, Moreno said. Gora was diagnosed with cancer in 1995. It returned in the summer of 1998, but Gora said recently his health is stable.
Clare, who waged an intense campaign against Gora, said he will accept Tuesdays results and not request a recount.
I think the voters are tired of it, Clare said, referring to the recount of the presidential race in Florida. I dont think its in the best interest of the city.
It would cost Clare about $1,000 per day to have a recount, said Dwight Beattie, Sacramento Countys chief deputy registrar of voters. Beattie said the recount, done by hand, may have been completed in a day, but a second day and another $1,000 might have been required.
Clare was philosophical about his defeat, saying he was happy with the support he received during the campaign.
I hope this will bring a more open, friendly and respectful attitude to the council, Clare said. We will see a new attitude from the council.
During the campaign, Clare and candidates Carolyn Buonauro and Jeremy Williams accused Gora and the current City Council of being rude and failing to listen to speakers during council meetings.
Raboy, who was the leading vote-getter in the Nov. 7 election, with 2,392 votes, said he was happy to see Gora pull out the last-minute victory.
Im happy because I was concerned about the growth issue, said Raboy, an adamant slow-growth candidate.
With Gora returning to the City Council for a third four-year term, Raboy said he will push for a two percent residential growth limit and a greenbelt to separate Galt and Elk Grove.
The City Council had appointed Gora and Raboy to meet with Elk Grove Mayor Jim Cooper and another Elk Grove council member to discuss a possible greenbelt, but meetings were postponed until it was known whether Gora would win the election, Raboy said.
Buonauro was fourth in the Galt City Council election with 1,563 votes, and Williams was fifth with 930.
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