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Friday, November 11, 2016

Lily Mei leads Fremont mayor's race by nearly 1,200 votes over Bill Harrison

Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison trails Councilmember
Lily Mei by 929 votes.
FREMONT | MAYOR |
ELECTION 2016 |
With thousands of ballot still uncounted as of Friday morning, the Fremont mayor's race remains too close to call with Councilmember Lily Mei maintaining a 1,172 vote advantage over incumbent Mayor Bill Harrison.

The Alameda County Registrar's office updated its results Friday afternoon, the first since early Wednesday morning. Roughly 260,000 ballots had remained uncounted countywide before Friday's update of more than 45,000 votes.

Currently, Mei has garnered 22,716 votes (51.15 percent) as compared to Harrison's 21,544 votes (48.51 percent). Mei's lead actually grew from a previous 929-vote lead.

Meanwhile, both candidates remain guardedly optimistic. Mei told supporters on Facebook, "We are taking a cautiously optimistic stance that the votes from the absentee ballots will mirror the votes that have already been counted. In the next week or so, we should have the final certified results from Alameda County."

Harrison, who is seeking a second term as mayor, had similar remarks regarding the existence of so many absentee ballots yet to be counted.

At Harrison's Election Night campaign party at Fremont's Spin-A-Yarn restaurant, the mood was subdued. Harrison, though, appeared in good spirits, although concerned, as he poured over election returns on his tablet.

If Tuesday night's early returns indeed hold in Mei's favor, Fremont will soon begin the process of making an appointment to the City Council in order to fill out the remaining two years of Mei's first term.

In contrast to the mayoral race, Fremont's City Council campaign for two open seats was far more definitive. Councilmember Vinnie Bacon won re-election to his seat, as did Raj Salwan. Both easily outpaced the rest of the seven-person field.

Mayor.....................................VOTES....PCT
PRECINCTS REPORTING 100%
Lily Mei................................. 22716  51.15%
*Bill Harrison........................... 21544  48.51%

City Council - Pick 2.....................VOTES....PCT
PRECINCTS REPORTING 100%
*Vinnie Bacon............................ 22272  31.71%
Raj Salwan............................... 14868  21.17%
Kathy Kimberlin..........................  8825  12.56%
Rakesh Sharma............................  7857  11.19%
Laurie Manuel............................  7304  10.40%
Cullen Tiernan...........................  6221   8.86%
Marty Froomin............................  2718   3.87%

6 comments :

I love seeing that almost all candidates who endorsed Ro Khanna this cycle won their own elections, with the exception of Cook-Kallio. Harrison is nothing but another establishment entrenched puppet in the back pockets of special interests who is getting exactly what he deserves. Just like Mike Honda.

Vinnie Bacon should be named vice-mayor as he was the top vote get er and brought Lily Mei along with him.

Fremont city employee 4th highest paid in California. Fremont police and fire 14th highest paid in California. The city spend 70+% of all city revenue for city employees...according to city annual report and spending more every year. San Jose did that and they got very fat rich cops earning a lot of OT, average of $180,000/yr instead of the base salary of $78,000. Of the top 500 highest paid police in California, they got 85% of it..all San Jose...Fremont is not far behind.

If you look at google map, everywhere in fremont, all open space is approved for development.....but you will see that the only place with very roomy open space between houses are in .....mission San Jose ...and guess what....that is where bill Harrison live and grew up....but there r little or no development under is rule. Meaning he is serving himself...not you.

Good riddance to Harrison. The irreparable damage has already been done to Fremont, courtesy of Fremont City Hall which is run by City Manager and City Attorney. Time to replace both of them too.

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