Atherton council: DeGolia wins

Rick DeGolia has won the vacant seat on the Atherton City Council by a huge margin, with all precincts counted, the county Elections Office vote count indicated at 10:30 on election night.

He will take his seat on the five-member council in December, serving a one-year term.

The three candidates – Greg Conlon, Mr. DeGolia and Diane Sandu – were in a race to serve the remaining year of Jerry Carlson's term; Mr. Carlson resigned in July. The three were among the seven applicants for appointment to the seat last summer, but the City Council was unable to agree on whom to appoint.

The 10:30 report, which included all eight precincts and vote-by-mail ballots received by the county by election day, showed Mr. DeGolia winning 63 percent of the vote (931); Mr. Conlon, 20 percent (298); and Ms. Sandhu, 17 percent (249).

Mr. DeGolia is vice chair of the town's Community Center Advisory Committee, and chair of that group's library subcommittee.

All three candidates have criticized the divisiveness of the current council, and each has pledged to work toward a more civil environment on the dais and to help colleagues work toward consensus in decision-making.

Click here for the Almanac's Voter Guide story on the race.


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Posted by New Era
a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:32 am

Back in the Summer Lewis and Wiest voted for DeGolia with Widmer and Dobbie voted against him, forcing the election.

Previously Widmer and Dobbie wanted the library in the Park until residents forced a vote on that issue and it was defeated 2-1.

Atherton has entered a new era, with a council that represents the residents views.

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