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Gorin, Ours, Bartley win Santa Rosa City Council seats

  • John Sawyer, left, talks with Scott Bartley, Nicole Ours and Jake Ours at Chrome Lotus on election night, Tuesday, November, 2, 2010.(Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa Mayor Susan Gorin and two of the three candidates backed by the city's business interests won seats on the Santa Rosa City Council in Tuesday's election.

Gorin had 21.2 percent to lead all candidates, followed by Jake Ours with 17.3 percent and Scott Bartley, who had 16.8 percent.

Seven candidates were seeking three council seats, including those held by incumbents Gorin and council member Veronica Jacobi, who got 15.3 percent of the votes.

Election Night


The current council majority, which Gorin and Jacobi are part of, <NO1><NO>gained power in 2008 with the backing of local labor and environmental groups.

Larry Haenel, a retired teacher who also sought a council seat, has views that put him in that camp. He got 14.9 percent of the vote Tuesday night.

Gorin on Tuesday said she felt "great" about her showing in the election night tally.

"I knew this was going to be a tough race because it's a challenging time in our community," she said. "I think what we are seeing nationally is a reaction against incumbents because of the dire economic conditions. I think that's playing out in Santa Rosa."

Bartley, an architect, said he would interpret his election and that of Ours as the public taking "corrective action" for the council.

"It's going to to be up to us to make sure we are going to follow through on that," Bartley said.

Bartley called any concerns that a new council majority would be bought and paid for by the city's business interests — a charge levied at previous majorities on Santa Rosa councils prior to the 2008 philosophical shift — "a pretty narrow and shallow view what of our community is. I think once we are past the election the rhetoric on both sides needs to disappear."

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