Yolo County on Wednesday had completed most of its count. While it reportedly still has about 1000 provisional ballots left to count across the county, the writing is on the wall.
Robb Davis ended up with 6294 votes or 27.2 percent, just under 1000 votes ahead of second place finisher Rochelle Swanson.
The battle between Rochelle Swanson and John Munn was close. After the initial round of absentee ballots were counted, John Munn was ahead by a mere 70 votes. However, the election day ballots turned it in Rochelle Swanson’s favor.
She was up by 213 votes after election night and that lead expanded to 413 votes by the time the county stopped counting the remaining ballots yesterday.
John Munn formally conceded in a message to Councilmember Rochelle Swanson last night.
He stated, “Most of the remaining votes from last week’s City Council election were counted today, and your lead has increased. It is time for me to formally concede that you have won the second Council seat in this election. You have my best wishes for success in dealing with the City’s issues and problems.”
In a statement to supporters and the press, Mr. Munn said, “After today’s count of remaining ballots at the County Elections Office, Councilwoman Swanson’s lead over me for the second of two open City Council seats increased from 213 to 413 votes. This is not what I had hoped for, but it is now done.”
“Throughout my campaign, I stressed the issues of fiscal sustainability and affordability in Davis,” he stated. “The campaign included a candidate statement in the County Voter Pamphlet received by all voters, mailers introducing my positions to more than 19,000 likely votes, newspaper advertising, all available media opportunities, a website, and precinct walking by myself and volunteers throughout Davis. I am confident in saying that all voters had an opportunity to learn my concerns about and solutions to problems facing Davis. Voters obviously preferred other candidates.”
He would add, “I also need to express my gratitude to the many volunteers and supporters of my campaign. I am not personally distressed by not being elected. I am more troubled by the inability to carry ahead the hopes of those who spent so much time and effort on my behalf. The best I can do now is to say a heartfelt thank you and hope that those who have been elected to the City Council will do their job well.”
John Munn was the fifth and final candidate to enter the race. His campaign was linked to Measure P, as the only candidate publicly supporting the measure.
He ran a series of ads in the Davis Enterprise which seemed to give his campaign momentum. The Vanguard, in its final analysis prior to the election, projected that between incumbent Rochelle Swanson and John Munn it could go either way, but gave the edge to John Munn.
While Mr. Munn indeed performed well, his 4893 votes fell nearly 2200 votes shy of the 7058 that voted for Measure P. Had that gap merely been 1600, he may have succeeded in gaining a seat on council.
From our perspective, as we noted earlier, the fact that he ran as a Republican and the limited nature of his campaign outside of fiscal issues perhaps hurt him at the polls. It did not help that often his answer even on fiscal issues was the need for additional study.
The Vanguard has not received any kind of formal acknowledgment from the Rochelle Swanson campaign at this point.
On Monday evening, both Rochelle Swanson and newly-elected Mayor Pro Tem Robb Davis were on hand and introduced by the Davis Downtown as part of the new city council. Projections at that time indicated that Rochelle Swanson would hold onto her seat as John Munn would have had to perform not only better than he did on election day, but better than he did in the pre-election vote-by-mail ballots.
As it turned out, the election day trend continued.
—David M. Greenwald reporting