Mayor JoAnne Mounce and Councilman Bob Johnson retained their seats on the Lodi City Council in Tuesday’s election. Challenger Doug Kuehne finished third..
With all 32 precincts reporting, official results show Mounce received 12,230 votes (41.34 percent), Johnson received 9,037 votes (30.54 percent) and Kuehne received 8,174 votes (27.63 percent). There were 145 write-in votes (0.49 percent). Two positions were available.
The results were updated at 7:11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.
Mounce and Johnson have both been mayor twice and were elected in 2004. Councilman Larry Hansen is in his third term, and there have been 12 other council members in the past who have served three terms. Most recently, they have included Randy Snider, Phil Pennino and Susan Hitchcock.
At the Lodi City Council meeting on Wednesday, Hansen congratulated Mounce and Johnson on their re-election.
Johnson also said congratulations to Mounce and said everyone ran a fair campaign.
“From a personal perspective, I’m glad the election is over. From a community perspective, I’m really glad the election is over,” Johnson said. “This election has been upbeat, positive and a clean campaign without the bitter and acrimony that decimated all the campaigns around us.”
Kuehne, who owns King’s Carpet Service in Lodi, said he will likely run for council again in two years, and was pleased to receive so many votes.
Mounce, who is a manager at Dougherty and Associates CPAs Inc. in Stockton, said her top priority will be preventing gang violence. She plans to work with the police department as they implement the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention grant the city received in March.
The two-year grant gives the city $250,000 to both start and continue a variety of programs to reduce gang violence in Lodi by 25 percent.
Johnson, who is a former real estate appraiser, said his top priority — as it has been for the last eight years — is economic development and bringing more businesses to the city. At the meeting Wednesday, he asked City Manager Rad Bartlam to hold an early morning Tuesday study session on what the city has so far done for economic development and some options for the future.
Mounce said Tuesday she was surprised to receive such a large percentage of the vote.
“I’m honored and humbled that the citizens of Lodi put their trust in me again, and I’m very grateful,” Mounce said. “I think it was a three horse race, everybody ran a good race, and you never know until it’s over.”
Kuehne was the lone challenger to Mounce and Johnson.
On Tuesday, gathered with friends and family at Cheese Central to thank her supporters.
Compared with races in the past, Mounce said this election race seemed a little quiet. She raised $13,958 as of Oct. 20.
Johnson raised $21,798.
“People were really concentrating more on federal and state candidates,” Mounce said. “I don’t think local candidates were really exciting this time. I hate to say that because I was one of them.”
Johnson also agreed with Mounce that compared with previous races, this year was less contentious than usual. The campaign dialogue was not controversial when compared with some of the state and federal campaigns, where politicians were making inaccurate and immature statements, Johnson said.
“From my perspective, it’s the result of having only three candidates. There weren’t a lot of bodies in there to make commentary,” he said.
Kuehne chaired the Lodi Planning Commission for two years. He held a small party at his house for supporters.
After hearing the results, he said he was happy to have a good showing, even if he gets third place.
“It’s my first time out, running against Bob and JoAnne, who are well known in the community. I’m just happy that I’m not floundering at 2 or 3 percent,” he said.
Because he has raised less money than the other two candidates at $5,765, Kuehne said he focused on walking door-to-door introducing himself. Kuehne said he appreciated his supporters help, and he plans to run again in two years.
“My goal was if I didn’t make it this time, at least I can get a little more name recognition next time. Lodi hasn’t heard the last of me yet,” he said.
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