If the election results hold in the close Galt City Council race, Mark Crews, Marylou Powers and Mike Singleton will join the council.
The race is still close, with 84 votes separating Singleton, the third-place candidate, and Anderson, who is in fourth place. The Sacramento County Registrar of Voters still has ballots to tally for the three seats, but it is unclear how many are left.
Galt City Clerk Liz Aguire said it usually takes two to three weeks before the city receives the final results.
Crews is still leading the pack with 13.58 percent, or 1,245 votes. Singleton moved up to the second spot with 13.35 percent, or 1,224 votes, and Powers is in third with 13.3 percent, or 1,218 votes. Anderson is trailing in fourth place with 1,132 votes, or 12.4 percent.
Crews said on Tuesday that he is excited to receive enough support to get on the council. One of his first goals is talking with city staff about hiring a new police chief. On Tuesday, Crews said he did not do any last-minute campaigning because he felt the voters already were informed. Instead, he spent the day flying model airplanes with his son.
Singleton said he believed the race would be close and hopes to hold on to second place.
“I’m quite surprised and very happy with it. I’m thinking the citizens will be even more happy because they know good things will come of it,” he said.
Powers said she is relieved, surprised and excited to be in the top three. She said voters probably liked that she has been involved in city politics, especially through her role on the Planning Commission.
“During these times now, you need someone with experience,” she said on Tuesday night.
At this point, Anderson said he is not concerned or waiting anxiously for the final tally.
“There is a possibility it can change; whether it does or not remains to be seen,” Anderson said.
Tom Malson, who was on the council from 2002 to 2006, is in fifth place with 1,018 votes, or 11.1 percent. He will go back to spending time with his granddaughter and working around the house.
“It’s a sigh of relief that it’s over. Voters made their choice. There are still mail-in ballots they have to count, but I don’t think it’s going to matter much,” Malson said.
Longshoreman Gene Davenport received 978 votes, or 10.7 percent.
With only 30 fewer votes, Stockton police officer Joe Bitondo came in seventh place with 948 votes, or 10.3 percent.
Denise Mulhern, an accounting officer, received 576 votes, or 6.3 percent.
Mike McCune, who works for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, received 448 votes, or 4.9 percent.
McCune would still like to be involved in politics, and is looking at a variety of leadership and elected positions in the community. He believes his mistake in the election was not campaigning more aggressively.
“It was my first campaign. I was excited and thrilled, but I learned a lot. I’m very well-prepared for the next one,” McCune said.
Lodi police officer Ryan LaRue received 374, or 4 percent of the votes.
Davenport, Bitondo, Mulhern and LaRue did not return calls for comment.