Election 2011: What Are Your Thoughts?

Are you happy with the results? What do the results mean for Newark? Tell us in the comments.

The ballots are counted, and unofficial final results from the Alameda County Registrar of Voters show that Newark's next mayor will be current councilman and that two council seats are to be filled by incumbent , a Newark business owner.

Both the mayoral and city council race were won by a more than 10 percent margin.

Nagy won the most votes, with councilwoman earning 32.45 percent of the votes and Newark Unified Board of Education Vice President with 21.35 percent of the vote.

In the city council race, won the most votes (32.94 percent) with following her (32.32 percent). Council candidate trailed behind the pair with 15.39 percent.

Council candidates and Rick Bensco received 10.63 percent and 8.72 percent of the votes, respectively.

Also on the ballot was a school bond measure that gained just enough of a percentage of votes cast to pass: 55.77 percent. Measure G will require property owners to contribute to a $63 million bond that will help pay for facilities upgrades throughout the

So what are your thoughts on this year's elections? Are you happy with the results? What do you think this means for the future of Newark? Tell us in the comments below.

Mona Taplin November 09, 2011 at 07:32 PM
I am really happy with the way the vote turned out. At the same time, new comers Mike Bucci and Rick Bensco offered a lot of good ideas for our city and I hope to see their names on ballots in the future. I also would like to see Bucci offered the seat on the council that will be vacant now with my selection for election, AL NAGY, wearing the Mayors hat. How do the rest of you feel about that?
Rob November 09, 2011 at 10:13 PM
Mona I also agree with the open city council seat being occupied by MIKE BUCCI. Bucci's young voice along with great views and ideas for our great city would in my opinion make a-lot of Newark residents and future business owners very pleased. Bucci had my vote yesterday and will have my vote in the future if he would decide to run once again which I hope he would do. Mike Congratulations on a race well ran and truly hope our curent council makes the right decision by bring you on. Congrats once again
Kirsten November 09, 2011 at 10:15 PM
I think Bucci is a smart choice to fill the seat left by Nagy moving to mayor. Not only would he be a new voice, he also took third in the votes. It's clear that a lot of people in Newark support him as well.
Geoff Burton November 09, 2011 at 11:23 PM
I think Bucci would be a good choice to fill the vacant seat as well, and he did place third,I'm not pleased with the final council line up, but the voters have spoken (the few of us that did vote).
Ronald E Van Ryn November 10, 2011 at 03:31 AM
Not shocked by any of the results this year, but surprised that the well developed pro- G campaign was so successful. As a retired Newark teacher I'm happy for my district and my former colleagues for the much needed funds they will receive, but as a senior Newark homeowner I'm befuddled that those like myself who live on fixed incomes and face ever increasing medical costs and high property taxes actually allowed this measure to pass. Congrats to all for this well run election!
LivedinNewarktolong November 10, 2011 at 04:39 AM
All of you that previously voted for U and now for G, you are idiots!!
sandy November 10, 2011 at 05:45 AM
Livedinnewarktolong,not-but i agree with you!
amy November 10, 2011 at 05:52 AM
I think Mike Bucci is a perfect fit in the open city council seat. His energy, youthfulness and ideas are infectious. Just the boost Newark needs. Plus, he was third by popular vote.
newtonewark November 10, 2011 at 07:26 AM
I think that only those who actually own property should have been allowed to vote on G. I now have to pay more money out of an already tight budget for higher taxes. Those who rent dont have to worry about it what so ever. So they shouldnt have a say. I know that it sounds ignorant, but that is how i feel.
Summer Hemphill November 10, 2011 at 07:46 AM
Rest assured unlike homeowners the owners of rental property will undoubtably pass the increase in their property taxes on to their tenants.
James November 10, 2011 at 11:59 AM
I didn't Vote, I flirted with the idea though but the truth is I have no Idea about the Candidates or who they really are other than what's on Paper. Nagy has until the next Election to Win me over while in the meantime I will be taking more interest in Local Politics so that I can become better informed on both current and future issues. A lot of people on here have said I am Negative about all things Newark and this is partially incorrect as a couple Parks I actually like! lol. It's not so much Negative as it is regret as I can see Newark becoming a better Community in the East Bay. However it irks me that in a lot of ways Newark isn't as Progressive as a Modern Community and I think it's a shame. I'm still Anti Politics, but I am going to give a more concerted effort toward understanding the Landscape instead out just Slamming everything outright.
Chris November 10, 2011 at 04:48 PM
The people have spoken and it is obvious the community would like the man who ran a campaign without paid advisors fill the third seat. I hope our city will honor our wishes by bringing Mike Bucci on board! It was a great race and congrats to all who ran.
A Godfrey November 10, 2011 at 06:32 PM
I agree!
CKubina November 11, 2011 at 02:11 AM
I agree--I think that many people were misled by what measure G really is. Often when these measures pass, many school renovations will begin, but they will never be finished. Asbestos removal and making schools handicapped accessible occurred years ago. How can they measure G is going to be used for that purpose. I voted no on measure G. I'm actually disappointed that it passed; how many homeowners (like myself) actually voted "yes" on it?
Nick Hexum November 11, 2011 at 06:28 PM
If you didn't Vote at the polls, your opinion didn't matter! You should VOTE at the polls. This city is run by the same people who were elected in the '70's. Now that Al Nagy is mayor, nothing will change. He is part of the "Good 'ole Boy's Club". Ana was the best candidate. For the past 35 years Newark has not moved forward. Look at Fremont & Union City, both cities were "All American Cities", not Newark. That's because Dave Smith ran this town into the ground for 35 years. He lives on the island is the Lake area of Newark, he has been & was for years out of touch with the everyday "People", the "99%ers" of Newark, and now Al Nagy, who is Dave's side kick will continue to do the same, nothing, unless it's for their "Good 'ole Boy's Club" benefit. He's just another career politician. I hope he will at least change the useless staff, like their city inspector. That guy's a joke. He continually allows " www.Evergreenoil.com " to pollute the neighbor's of Newark with out the correct permits or operating procedures. I bet Al Nagy will careless who killed Justice Afoa, an unsolved murder of an innocent 17 year old, killed on a busy Cedar/Birch at around 3:11 p.m. about a year ago: http://newark.patch.com/articles/17-year-old-stabbed-to-death-near-newark-memorial-high The crime rate in Newark under Dave Smith has been out of control, and Al Nagy will continue that tradition. You should demand more accountability from these idiots.


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