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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Halliday Wins Hayward Mayor’s Race; Peixoto Re-Elected to Council, Lamnin Finally Breaks Through

Barbara Halliday: Hayward's mayor-elect
HAYWARD | Councilmember Barbara Halliday is the next mayor of Hayward after winning a clear victory Tuesday night over fellow council members Mark Salinas and Francisco Zermeno. Councilmember Marvin Peixoto also won re-election to the City Council and community activist Sara Lamnin finally broke through after snagging the second open seat on the council. She had failed in two previous attempts.

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.
In addition to continuing labor problems in Hayward, the mayor-elect and new City Council’s first order of business will be choosing a replacement to fill out the remaining two years of Halliday’s council term. Salinas has been rumored as a possibility, but there is some doubt whether he would have enough support among his former colleagues. Another possible name is Hayward Planning Commissioner Elisa Marquez, according to some City Hall insiders. Her tenure on the planning commission is viewed favorably and the council would be swapping one Latino council member for another.

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.

Sarah Lamnin 
Conversely, Lamnin parlayed the union’s anger toward Hayward City Hall into an impressive second place finish with 21 percent of the vote. Hayward holds one at-large council race in June with two open seats available this election cycle. Lamnin, 43, fell just short in bids for the City Council in 2010 and 2012, in addition, to a run for the school board two years ago. With an increasing moderate City Council in Hayward, Lamnin is in line to become its most liberal member.

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.

69 comments:

  1. Salinas gave up his seat, ran and lost and does not deserve appointment. Elisa Marquez has served for long-time though I fail to see what strengths she would bring. We are a very diverse city and representation from every segment of the community (Asian, African-American, Caucasian) should be considered. We would expect the best candidate to be appointed. Perhaps someone who would not run in 2 years.

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  2. So happy Salinas didn't win, our whole city would be filled with lies and corruption. Plz city council do not allow Salinass or Marquez on the council. How does the process even work? Do Hayward residents have a say?

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  3. Why can't it be the next runner up?

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  4. Congratulations Barbara, you were the most liberal of the candidates running for Mayor.

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  5. Halliday won because she was the most progressive of the candidates running for Mayor. I think she will do a good job for Hayward. Given the choices, she was the best.

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  6. SEIU spent an unprecedented $80,000 to try to buy two council candidates.

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  7. Actually, out of the three, she is the most conservative. That's o.k. We like it that way!

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  8. I've known Barbara for years and she is definitely the most liberal. Just look at their endorsements. She got the most votes from the Hayward Demos, and actually won GLOBE's ( a LGBT group) endorsement. Thank you for voting for her.

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  9. Why do we need these simplistic labels. Barbara supported Walmart and also the proposed Mervyn's development and still got the support of the Sierra Club and the Demos (Kevin and Mendell got this for her) and Kevin got GLOBE. Hopefully she takes an open minded approach to social services, affordable housing, unions and economic development. The issues and trade offs will be challenging and the opportunities with the improving economy and passage of Measure C should support an ambitions program of improvements in Hayward. Hopefully the council will join her in helping our city.

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  10. The choice to fill the council position will be that of the current council and mayor to make. Hopefully they choose someone that is independent and capable.

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  11. Most of the people who run for office do so because the have a hand under the table to make money with developers. Build and tax the homeowners.

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  12. No more store bought union candidates.

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  13. Fill the position with the third place finisher who got the next most votes, or hold an election and let the voters decide in November. It's the only fair and democratic way.

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  14. 3:02 pm, that's not how any town or city in California conducts any appointment process. The Councilmembers and Mayor will decide, and shall hopefully appoint an independent candidate. A placeholder who commits not to run at the next election might make the most sense.

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  15. Amen, 11:46!!!!!!!!

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  16. We don't need unions buying our elections or candidates.

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  17. I say let the voters decide in November! That's the only Democratic way. Why is the anti-union troll so afraid of the voters. Oh wait, he got only 5% of the vote. I can guarantee you Ralph, you won't get the appointment.

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  18. What logical, clear thinking American worker would be anti-union?

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  19. No way. No special election. Costs the city too much money. The Council/Mayor will appoint the next councilmember.

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  20. Ralph Farias is not logical or clear thinking ----only anti-union. That's why he failed just like Glazer.

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  21. No union whores need apply!

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  22. Need someone who can not only talk the talk, but can walk the walk. No more union puppets. We need an independent candidate, or a placeholder who won't run in November. Fair is fair.

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  23. Progressive & liberal are two words that least describe Halliday. She's like a weather vane. She blows which way the wind blows. She accepted union endorsements over the many years she had been on council. Her "Do Nothing Years." So I guess she was a "union puppet" till the unions dropped her because she liberally & progressively imposed on the lowest paid City workers. So now she's going to be Mayor and because people overwhelmingly voted for Measure C, she'll have more money to spend on stupidities--thanks to the taxpayers & City workers who will end up being pocket checked again. We'll see how many empty buildings she fills, if she can pay for a consultant to come up with ideas to fix The Loop and have CalTrans "fix it for free." I guess people from all over the Bay Area, across the country, Europe & Asia, will flock to the new 21st Century Library/ Education Center. The only way the library might generate money is if they sell the books. City Council talks, does next to nothing, taxes & spends our money like it's going out of style.

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  24. I like the second highest vote getter idea. Hey 5:16, it is easy to call people corrupt anonymously, PROVE IT instead of smearing peoples names recklessly.

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  25. You don't have to have a special election. You put in on the ballot in the November general election where the cost is very little. Besides, I like the idea of the democratic process and letting the voters decide. Isn't that what our nation is all about?

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  26. Agree with the above post that lets the voters decide. Don't trust the Council to appoint anyone independent.

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  27. I wouldn't let those clowns decide who they want on City Council. Obviously, they have made poor decisions all along--The Loop, Measure C, wanting to spend thousand of dollars to change the Hayward Bart Stations signage, fining the homeless for camping outdoors, screwing up the Permit process and then acting like it wasn't their fault because they make & approve City Policy. Making it even harder for businesses to want to come to Hayward. Creating more City hoops for people to jump through. How absurd is that? Because Halliday and Salinas bitched about the Permit process, Fran David had the Permits Division closed to the Public every Friday until the end of the year. Despite the fact that the COH website said there was a 98% customer satisfaction rate of approval. Hmmm, City corruption or just more lies. The Council can't even decide what they want for lunch.Just let Anna May pick the next Council member.Someone else to vote her way.

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  28. Mayor Dingbat, the Tea Party Democrat.Epic fail for Hayward.

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  29. I agree that Fran David has ruined Hayward. Fire her and hire someone who knows how to create a better city. The Council and now current Mayor are like her puppets.

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  30. Fran David simply followed the dictates of Sweeney and the council. Hopefully she will leave the city.

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  31. There are no leaders in Hayward, only followers. There is an election system in place that allows you to be elected with less than 30% of the vote. Shameful in this day and age!

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  32. Salinas would have been a huge ultra liberal disaster and Frano Zermeno had no idea which end was up.

    Halliday is the best we could hope for.

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  33. In this case, the best is the worst. Halliday is an elitist who will one day sit in her rocking chair with her Ipad and wonder if the stupid things she's done on Council and now as Mayor--did more harm than good. Meanwhile working families are getting taxed for expensive pipe dreams that Fran David & company dream up. Fire Fran David for her mismanagement skills.

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  34. After 24 years of Roberta Cooper and Michael Sweeney we should all be thrilled that they are history. We know Cooper's legacy. With Sweeney, he always put down Hayward schools, but did absolutely nothing to help. Under his city leadership test scores are very low, the downtown freeway has destroyed businesses, relationship with city workers is at its lowest point ever, the budget shortfall is higher than ever and tax revenue is down. Neighborhoods throughout Hayward are suffering due to lack of maintenance Sooo happy he is gone. Some legacy after being an elected official for almost 30 years. Accomplished absolutely nothing.

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  35. Barbara can't stand up to Fran David and that will be her downfall.

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  36. Marv Piexoto for mayor!

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  37. Sara Lamnin beat him!

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  38. Her only agenda is to feed lines of Hungary people on our downtown streets. Social services are needed but a better, more comprehensive approach coupled with some revenue generating activities is also needed. Let's hope she is more than unions and social services.

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  39. She won't be. Really boring person.

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  40. I like Sara a lot. She has a heart and cares for everyone, not just the rich like most politicians.

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  41. No, she has no brain upstairs.

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  42. Well she beat you in the Hayward council race by a lot Ralph. What does that say about you?....What a poor loser.

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  43. Well, we know she is a lot smarter than the other candidates who ran. Good luck Sara. Maybe you can talk some sense into Barbara and convince her to fire Fran.

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  44. Practice saying Mayor Halliday, union whores!

    No Whorbett. No Fernandez. No more Salinas.

    Cleaning up the town, and taking the rest you you sluts out in Nov.!

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  45. Nice try Ralph, but you finished 6th in the council races! Sara Lamnin finished first ahead of all the anti union candidates. Most of the union members voted for the most progressive candidate in the Mayors race( or didn't vote ), and that was Halliday. Our goal was to keep the anti union Salinas out. You are an absolute loser and we didn't worry about you and your 4%. From now on we can call you 4% Fariass.

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  46. If ralph farias runs for the fourth time, he might only get 2%.

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  47. Nice try Ralph, but you finished 6th in the council races! Sara Lamnin finished first ahead of all the anti union candidates. Most of the union members voted for the most progressive candidate in the Mayors race( or didn't vote ), and that was Halliday. Our goal was to keep the anti union Salinas out. You are an absolute loser and we didn't worry about you and your 4%. From now on we can call you 4% Fariass.

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  48. Mr Farias will NEVER win an election in Hayward because sexism went out last century! What a poor loser he is, but he should be used to it by now. If you run again you might only get 2%, as someone above posted, Ralph. Hope to vote against you again in 2016.

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  49. The difference between Mayor "On His Way Out' Mike and Barbara Halliday is that he only put down the poor, down trodden areas of Hayward and Barbara put down all of Hayward---including the hills. Why would she want to be Mayor of our city, which she said would never really amount to anything? What a first class dope!

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  50. Hayward sure has spoken. Sara Lamnin first, Rocky Fernandez third, and Ralph Farias the antiunion sexist, 6th with less than 5% of the vote. You got what you deserved Ralph.

    Glad both did better than the author of the 8:36 post above who ran three times for City Council and this last time finished 6 out of 7 with less than 5% of the vote. That's what the Bay Area thinks of antiunion sexist trolls like Ralph Farias.

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  51. You poor union sluts forgot the winners, so I'll rub in your dirty faces again:

    Hayward sure has spoken. Mayor Halliday. Councilman Piexoto.

    That says it all, whores!

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  52. Hayward sure has spoken. Sara Lamnin first, Rocky Fernandez third, and Ralph Farias the antiunion sexist, 6th with less than 5% of the vote. You got what you deserved Ralph.

    Glad both did better than the author of the 11:36 post above who ran three times for City Council and this last time finished 6 out of 7 with less than 5% of the vote. That's what the Bay Area thinks of antiunion sexist trolls like Ralph Farias.

    That says it all Ralph!

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  53. Educate yourselves, people. It isn't up to one council member or the mayor to fire anyone. Four votes out of 7 are needed to accomplish anything. Get it straight, educate yourselves, don't be ignorant.

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  54. There are no leaders in Hayward, only followers. There is an election system in place that allows you to be elected with less than 30% of the vote. Shameful in this day and age. Change the system so you have to get over 50% of the vote to get elected.

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  55. Hayward sure has spoken. Sara Lamnin first, Rocky Fernandez third, and Ralph Farias the antiunion sexist, 6th with less than 5% of the vote. You got what you deserved Ralph.

    Glad both did better than the author of the 11:36 post above who ran three times for City Council and this last time finished 6 out of 7 with less than 5% of the vote. That's what the Bay Area thinks of antiunion sexist trolls like Ralph Farias.

    That says it all Ralph!

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  56. Rocky=DOWN AND OUT FOR GOOD!

    Take it on the chops, union sluts!

    Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  57. Glad Rocky did better than the author of the 9:09 post above who ran three times for City Council and this last time finished 6 out of 7 with less than 5% of the vote. That's what the Bay Area thinks of antiunion sexist trolls like Ralph Farias.

    Ralph=down and out for good. That's what happens to antiunion a__holes. Ha! Ha! Ha! Mr. 4%

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  58. Sara Lamnin finished first ahead of all the anti union candidates. Most of the union members voted for the most progressive candidate in the Mayors race( or didn't vote ), and that was Halliday. Our goal was to keep the anti union Salinas out. You are an absolute loser and we didn't worry about you and your 4% Mr Fariass. We are cleaning up the town!

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  59. Riddle what spins faster than satellite out of orbit?

    Answer is a union whore who lost the Hayward's mayor's race as well as one of their hand-picked, ass-licking union whores [Fernandez].

    All hail to the lying, twisted, dirty, and always-deceptive union whores!

    Truly a pathetic lot they are.

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  60. Since the union won 96% of the races they stood and worked for, we will gladly give you four percent. You will get beat again in November as well as your antiunion candidates. The State of California will always be blue, and the Bay Area the bluest.

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  61. Rocky=DOWN AND OUT FOR GOOD!

    Take it on the chops, union sluts!

    Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  62. Game over for the Republicans because the Democrats kicked ass in the primary and will kick ass again in Nov.

    Ralph Farias down and out for good as are all sexists!

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  63. We agree:

    No Whorbett; no Fernandezho; no other union sluts need apply!

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  64. We agree. No anti-union sexists like Ralph Farias need apply. That's why Sara Lamnin finished first and he finished next to last.

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  65. We agree:

    No Whorbett; no Fernandezho; no other union sluts need apply!

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  66. We agree. No anti-union sexists like Ralph Farias need apply. That's why Sara Lamnin finished first and he finished next to last.

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  67. Ralph Farias who?

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