Changes are coming once Newark voters head out to the polls on Tuesday.
Mayor David Smith has governed Newark as mayor for 33 years, but his paved the way for a new leader.
are seeking to fill Smith’s seat: (Click each of their names to see their answers to Patch’s Election Questionnaire.)
, a 38-year-old Newark native who works as a community and governmental relations manager for a healthcare organization and has served on the city council since 2005.
- Apodaca's Top Three Priorities: Public Safety; Economic Development and Job Creation; and Improving Communication Between City Hall and Newark residents.
, a 70-year-old Newark resident of 43 years who works as a project manager for Menlo-Park based SRI International and has served on the city council since 1980.
- Nagy's Top Three Priorities: Public Safety; Fiscal Management; and Quality of Life
, a 65-year-old Newark resident of 38 years owns an insurance agency in Newark and has served on Newark Unified School District’s Board of Education since 1996.
- Rodriguez's Top Three Priorities: Safety by addressing youth violence and break-ins; generating revenue by focusing on businesses; and supporting performing arts/music and building a center for the arts.
The mayor seat is not the only one up for grabs. – and only councilman Luis Freitas is seeking re-election. Councilman in July.
Here are the five individuals running for city council: (Click each candidate's name for more information about each candidate.)
- Rick Bensco, a resident of Newark for 15 years and a former small business owner.
- , a resident of Newark for 25 years and a journey millwright.
- , a resident of Newark for 40 years and an owner of in Newark.
- , a resident of Newark for 46 years and a tax adviser.
- , a resident of Newark for 35 years and the owner of
Learn more about the candidates by reading their and reading about their here.
Also on the ballot is Measure G – a proposed school $63 million bond measure.
The bond measure says that bonds will go toward updating “aging classrooms, libraries, and science labs to meet earthquake/fire/safety standards; improve access for students with disabilities; remove asbestos, lead and hazardous materials; and improve energy/operational efficiency to maximize funding for instructional programs.”
For more information on Measure G, click here.
Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. in five locations.
to see a map of polling places. Find out where to vote by visiting the Alameda County Registrar of Voters website by clicking here.
For a full list of election coverage, click here.
Newark Patch will have live election results on Tuesday.