Galt Mayor Barbara Payne and challenger Curt Campion won the two seats available on the Galt City Council in Tuesday’s election.
With all 15 precincts reporting, official results show Payne finished first with 2,876 votes (28.06 percent). Campion received 2,871 votes (28.01 percent).
The other candidates included community member Kelly Keagy, who finished third with 1,969 votes (19.21 percent), U.S. Army Col. Michael Hodge with 1,406 votes (13.72 percent) and state employee Mike McCune with 1,101 votes (10.74 percent).
There were 28 write-in votes (0.27 percent).
The official results were last updated at 3:03 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.
Payne, who planned to watch the election results from home following a short city council meeting earlier, could not be reached for comment.
And Campion said he wasn’t ready to claim victory with only roughly half of the precincts reporting.
“I would rather wait, but I’m happy with the results thus far,” he said in a brief phone interview.
Among the key issues in this election have been economic development, smart growth and downtown redevelopment.
Payne, first elected to the city council in 2004, said there were a number of projects yet unfinished that she would like to see come to fruition. Among those are ongoing downtown redevelopment plans and the new C Street interchange.
She has also said she would like to reactivate the “I Love Galt” program she founded six years ago.
Payne, who owned the Old Town Gift Shoppe until 2006 when she closed it to focus on her city council duties, is a retired construction superintendent. She founded the city’s Shop Local movement and is a past member of the Galt Historical Society.
She is married with a son and two daughters, all grown. Payne has lived in Galt for 20 years and is currently in her second consecutive term as mayor.
Campion, a former long-time city employee who lost his community development director job due to citywide budget cuts in 2011, ran on the experience platform.
During his 20-plus years with the city, he served as the planning director, assistant city manager and interim city manger. And, prior to taking a position in Galt, Campion served as mayor, city council member and planning commissioner in Paradise, where he was raised.
Throughout his campaign, Campion said that if he was elected he wanted to address job retention, the lack of new housing, and blighted properties that have been foreclosed upon.
He is married with two adult daughters, and has lived in Galt for more than 25 years.
The five candidates received a combined $7,400 in campaign contributions. Campion raised the most funds with $2,755 in donations received to date, according to campaign disclosures released last week.
Earlier in the race, David Stiffler picked up nomination papers, but decided not to seek election.
Incumbent Randy Shelton chose not to seek re-election, as he said he promised the city’s voters and his family eight years ago that he would only serve two terms if he were elected to the council in 2004. He was re-elected in 2008 to his current four-year term.
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