Woodland saw its first district-based City Council elections, forcing two incumbents to face off and a third to move his voter registration address across town.
The city of 56,000 agreed to elect its council members based on geographic districts. The change was an attempt to diversify the City Council; Latino residents comprise nearly half of the population but have only one member on the council.
In the District 2 race to represent downtown, Councilman Tom Stallard overwhelmingly defeated Mayor Jim Hilliard and activist Bobby Harris by winning more than 65 percent of the ballots cast.
That race would have had a third incumbent had Councilman Sean Denny not changed his residence to an apartment across town in a commercial building owned by a friend.
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Denny lost in District 4 to challenger Enrique Fernandez, who captured 44 percent of the vote.
District 5 saw three newcomers vie for the seat in the south and east parts of town, with Capitol activist Xochitl Rodriguez defeating Brent Vann and James Vorhees.
Voters approved Measure F, a half-percentage-point sales tax extension for another 12 years.
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon won before the campaign started, as he attracted no challengers and secured a fifth term as the city’s leader.
Councilwoman Beverly “Babs” Sandeen also won re-election, while Quirina Orozco beat three other newcomers to win her first term on the Council. Cabaldon endorsed both Sandeen and Orozco in the race.
Voters approved a 0.25 percentage point sales tax hike for the city’s general fund, which Cabaldon had championed as a way to fund college tuition for students growing up in the city.
Washington Unified School District
Five candidates ran for two seats to sit on the board overseeing West Sacramento schools. Washington Unified school board President Alicia Cruz and incumbent Coby Pizzotti kept their seats. They will be joined by children’s advocate Jackie Thu-Huong Wong. Cabaldon backed Cruz and Wong in the school board race.
Davis Joint Unified School District
Four candidates vied for two seats in the ever-competitive Davis school board race. Incumbent Alan Fernandes kept his seat, while UC Davis professor Bob Poppenga pushed out veteran board member Susan Lovenburg.
Voters approved an eight-year parcel tax, Measure H, that starts at $620 annually on each parcel of taxable real property.