Healy, Miller and Kearney Win Council Race, Measures X and Z Fail

Win by candidates considered more favorable to development deals a resounding blow to Petaluma's progressive wing

Updated Wednesday 11am with comment from Kathy Miller

Mike Healy, Kathy Miller and Gabe Kearney have won the Petaluma City Council race, dealing a resounding blow to the progressive candidates, none of who managed to grab a seat on the council.

Healy, a three-term city councilman picked up 25 percent of the vote, while Kathy Miller, a former planning commissioner and local real estate attorney, netted 16 percent.

Gabe Kearney, an emergency preparedness coordinator for Kaiser appointed to council in January 2011, received 17 percent of the vote, surprising many who did not consider him a strong candidate.

Healy and Miller ran a joint campaign promising more pro-development policies aimed at generating revenue for the cash-strapped city. Kearney, a virtual unknown two years ago, voted in favor of the Friedman’s shopping center and has been perceived as being favorable to new development, although he describes himself as an independent.

“This is a vote for moderation and that’s a good thing," said Kathy Miller. "With the economy being what it is, we need to get revenues in and people have recognized that…I look forward to being able to roll up my sleeves and getting down to work.”

Councilwoman Tiffany Renee finished fourth with 14.5 percent of the vote, Jason Davies with 13.8 and Alicia Kae Herries with 13.2 percent, a crushing defeat for Petaluma's “progressive” wing, who support finding alternative ways to generate revenue.

Tuesday results mean that the City Council majority will now be comprised of politicans who take a more favorable view toward new development, including incumbents Mike Harris and Chris Albertson.

The new council will likely weigh in on a 200-plus housing development off Hopper Street and another near D and Windsor streets that plans to add nearly 100 homes.

Outside of council, Measure X, the parks and other recreational facilities tax, garnered 61 percent, which while impressive, but not enough to pass the two-thirds approval theshold.

Measure Z also came close, with 62.6 percent, but ultimately failed. If approved, it would have added a $60 per parcel tax for residents served by the Rancho Adobe Fire District.

Sound off. What do you think about the results? 

Petaluma Seer November 08, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Actually ......we DO NOT know the final results yet.Does everyone realize that this is just the PRELIMINARY COUNT? I just received info. that here are still 7 THOUSAND Mail in BALLOTS received from Petaluma that are not yet counted. The # difference between at least 5 of these candidates is too close to call at this time. We may not know for 28 days yet.....who actually won their seats.
Mitch November 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Petaluma Seer, you have got to be kidding. Do your math - there is no way you can win. The other candidates have conceded so I have to assume you are Tiffany.
Petaluma Seer November 10, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Mitch, I am not running for anything. It is about which candidates won by total voter ballots in, not just the preliminary Tues. eve. count which is an incomplete count and just what people are currently considering. BTW, congratulating the others is not conceeding. If the "total votes in" change the outcome, then it is the civic duty of those with the most votes in, to take their seats. I have done the math, with the County Registrar of Voters information. Here are the facts.There were over 22K mail in ballots for Petaluma city sent out, of which only 14K mail in ballots from Petaluma were counted by the end of Tues eve. poll close. There are over 7K mail in Petaluma ballots since received, as of yesterday, that have not yet been counted and verified as legitimate. As there are only 1K votes between Miller and Renee, and not that many more in comparison to Davies or Herries the outcome can change. As you can see I did my homework, and the math for you. The facts remain, we have up to 28 days, post election, to see who won those seats.
Petaluma Seer November 10, 2012 at 09:31 AM
BTW, did you read this in the Press Democrat the day after the election? And I quote, "It likely will take the full 31 days permitted by law to count them, said Janice Atkinson, county elections chief. That will delay the naming of victors in at least three local elections, and none of the results for any race or ballot measure will be official until that final certification."
Mitch November 10, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Yes I did read the article and yes congratulating Healy, Miller and Kearney for winning is conceding. You are the only one who has not done this. Again, if you do the math the 7,000 uncounted votes will be spread out amongst the six candidates. You will have to get almost 50% of those votes to win. The odds are against you. Speaking again of the PD article, the three races they were referring to in the delay of naming the victors is NOT the Petaluma City Council.


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