The final four candidates for two vacant City Council seats have
little time to rest on their success as they prepare for the April 8
At Tuesday’s primary, Jef Vander Borght drew 48.5% of the vote,
Gary Bric 28.5%, Todd Campbell 24.4% and Brian Malone 21%. All aim to
join incumbent council members Dave Golonski, Stacey Murphy and
Marsha Ramos on the dais May 1. The percentages from the final count
released Friday differed from Tuesday’s percentages. The new numbers
are based on the total number of votes cast, whereas Tuesday’s were
based on votes cast only for the council race, City Clerk Margarita
Campos said. The change does not affect which candidates will advance
to the general election.
Restaurant owner Gary Bric said he was surprised by the amount of
work needed for a campaign. He plans to continue meeting people
door-to-door, and also wants to further apprise himself of the city’s
“I’d like to meet with some of the department heads ... to get
their feelings about the budget deficit and pick their brains about
what cuts they are planning to make,” Bric said.
Incumbent Jef Vander Borght was appointed to his seat by council
members when former mayor Bob Kramer resigned last year. One of his
biggest challenges has been “doing some self-pro- motion, which
doesn’t come naturally,” he said. The architect earned 4,907 of the
10,042 total votes cast -- coming close to the 50%-plus-one vote
needed to win reappointment without going to the general election.
“Whatever disappointment I had [Tuesday], I had to temper it with
having received an overwhelming number of votes,” Vander Borght said.
Realtor Brian Malone found himself taking on the role of an
educator as he talked with constituents about issues including
traffic, housing and development.
“People didn’t have a real understanding of some of things the
city is doing,” Malone said.
Environmental policy director Todd Campbell will seek more
endorsements, now that he understands their value, he said.
He credits his success so far with residents finding “that I
understand issues and I under- stand policy, and I’m someone who
knows how to get things done.”