|Barbara Halliday: Hayward's mayor-elect|
Meanwhile, Halliday, 64, garnered over 38 percent of the vote in the four-person mayoral race. Later this month, she will replace Mayor Michael Sweeney, who announced last year he would not seek re-election after two terms in office.
For Salinas, the outcome is doubly disappointing. The first-term council member chose not to run for his council seat this year to, instead, run for mayor. In a month, he will find himself out of office completely. Salinas finished second with over 31 percent, followed by Zermeno at 22 percent. Hayward businessman Rakesh Kumar Christian registered almost seven percent support in Hayward, while his concurrent run for California governor attracted just 0.2 percent of the state electorate.
Marvin Peixoto topped the council
field with 23 percent.
Despite a strong push by labor in opposition to Councilmember Peixoto and his stance against city employees, he followed up his 2010 first-place finish with another Tuesday night. Peixoto, 68, cruised to victory with over 22 percent of the vote in the seven-person race while spending the least among all the candidates in both the mayor’s race and his own.
The results, however, were disappointing for labor’s other preferred candidate, Rocky Fernandez. The former AC Transit board member finished third with 18 percent, just ahead of restaurant owner Julie McKillop. Hayward Planning Commissioner Rodney Loche was fifth, followed by perennial candidate Ralph Farias, Jr. and first-time candidate Phillip Gallegos.