Sitting in a virtual tie, challenger Anthony Becker and current mayor Lisa Gillmor are within 60 votes as we go to press.
As you read this column, the winner will most likely still not be known.
Interesting what we see in this race. Gillmor has garnered her followers, who are motivated to give Santa Clara four more years of controversy.
Running neck and neck with Gillmor, challenger Anthony Becker desires to fulfill his promise to reel in City spending, balance the budget, take advantage of the stadium revenue and end the council bickering.
This is the first time Gillmor has been in danger of ever losing an election in Santa Clara since 1994. Should she win, it will certainly provide a wheelbarrow of fodder for this writer.
If Becker wins, more attention can be given to what can be in Santa Clara. As we view the council and the issues, there are multiple objectives that will be addressed in the next few months and the year ahead.
Yes, the budget is important, and when you review the potential revenue streams available to the City that, if properly used, will ensure that Santa Clara excels again. When the focus is directed to opportunity, the City is positioned to benefit residents, businesses and corporations in multiple ways.
Voters have already decided to focus on candidates who inject that marvelous gift called common sense. The re-election of Raj Chahal and Karen Hardy are clear mandates for these council representatives to bring us more healthy decisions and actions that benefit our bottom line. The opponents put up by Mayor Gillmor against Chahal and Hardy became “also ran” rejects.
Congratulations to Raj and Karen, who have demonstrated their skills in making sound decisions and bringing collegiality back to the council.
One thing you can be sure of; whether Becker or Gillmor wins the Mayor’s race, the council majority will lean toward common sense, as opposed to running amuck and making decisions filled with spurious spending.