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Gallian, Cook top Sonoma City Council race

In the race for Sonoma City Council, vineyard management company owner David Cook and incumbent Laurie Gallian came out on top in the race for two open seats.

With mail-in ballots and all eight precincts counted, Cook had received 30.4 percent of the vote, while Gallian had 29.9 percent. Cook and Gallian were among four candidates competing for the seats, one of which became vacant when Mayor Joanne Sanders decided not to run again.

"We ran a great campaign and got our message out," said Cook, who declared victory.

A few dozen votes separated Cook and Gallian just after midnight.

"I'm very glad to have the support of the City of Sonoma voters. It's definitely a wonderful thing," Gallian said.

Madolyn Agrimonti, a former Daly City councilwoman who now lives in Sonoma, had 27.7 percent of the vote.

During the campaign, candidates identified the city's finances and water needs as top priorities. Another key issue was the adoption last summer of a controversial formula store ordinance, which would require a use permit for chain stores seeking to open at the plaza or in the historic district.

Gallian was the only incumbent among the four candidates. She supported the ordinance, while the three other candidates all expressed concern about the policy.

Cameron Stuckey, a personal trainer and actor, was in fourth with 12.1 percent.


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