Cook, Gallian officially win city council seats
David Cook and Laurie Gallian were declared official winners in the Sonoma City Council race Friday afternoon as the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters released the final results from the Nov. 6 general election.
And Susan Gorin formally won the 1st District Supervisor╒s race, beating John Sawyer by 1,782 votes. Gorin received 24,033 votes to Sawyer╒s 22,251.
Sawyer conceded shortly after the election. Gorin will be sworn in to replace retiring Supervisor Valerie Brown on Jan. 8.
In the City Council race, Cook led the four-person field with 2,680 votes, or 30.8 percent; Gallian was second with 2,606 votes, or 29.9 percent; Madolyn Agrimonti was third with 2,370 votes, or 27.2 percent, while Cameron Stuckey was fourth with 1,059 votes, or 12.2 percent.
Both Agrimonti and Stuckey conceded the day after the election.
Gallian and Cook were scheduled to be sworn in at Monday evening╒s City Council meeting. Gallian will begin her second term while Cook starts his first. Current Mayor Joanne Sanders stepped down from the council after serving two terms.
Gina Cuclis will be sworn in Thursday for her seat on the Sonoma County Board of Education, Area 1. Cuclis beat incumbent Alex Bantis receiving 24,025 votes, or 61.7 percent, to Bantis' 14,922, or 38.3 percent.
In other races, for U.S. Representative in the new 5th District, longtime Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson trounced Republican Randy Loftin. In Sonoma County, Thompson received 75 percent of the vote. District-wide, Thompson almost matched that percentage with 74.4 percent.
In the state's 3rd Senate District, incumbent Democrat Lois Wolk handily beat Republican Frank Miranda with 69 percent of the vote in the county. In the district, Wolk racked up 66.1 percent of the vote.
Longtime Democratic legislator and incumbent Wes Chesbro won the 2nd District Assembly race, beating fellow Democrat Tom Lynch. Chesbro picked up 61.4 percent of the vote in the county and 63.6 percent district-wide.
In the 4th Assembly District, incumbent Democrat Mariko Yamata beat Republican John Munn by a 62.4 percent to 37.6 percent margin.
While the 10th Assembly District didn't affect the Valley, incumbent Democrat Michael Allen lost to fellow Democrat Marc Levine by a 51-to-49 percent margin.
Former Democratic Assemblymember Jared Huffman will replace retiring Rep. Lynn Woolsey. Huffman beat Republican Daniel Roberts by a 71-to-29 percent margin.
According to figures from the Registrar of Voters, 84.1 percent of the county electorate voted. Absentee ballots outnumbered precinct ballots by more than a 2-to-1 margin as 155,553 votes were cast by mail while 63,267 were cast at the precinct.