Silhi, Woods-Andreatta win election to Lincoln City CouncilBy: Steve Archer, Reporter
Lincoln’s City Council will have a different look in January with two women winning election to the two open seats Tuesday night.
Mayor Stan Nader’s and Councilman Gabe Hydrick’s seats were up and they did not run for reelection.
Alyssa Silhi led from the early returns to the final tally; she had 37.8 percent of the vote at 9 p.m. Tuesday night and finished with 36.95 percent of the vote. Silhi’s final count was 7,628 votes.
Holly Woods-Andreatta came in second place with 7,067 votes and 34.23 percent of the vote and Dan Cross finished with 5,902 votes and 28.59 percent of the vote. A total of 20,644 votes were cast in the race. There were 47 write-in votes.
It was Cross’ third run for Lincoln City Council.
“From the first moments of the reporting, it was two to one against me,” Cross said Wednesday. “I got up this morning and that’s what it was.”
Cross said he would not have done anything different in his campaign and had “no idea” why Silhi and Woods-Andreatta beat him.
“I worked hard and I lost,” Cross said. “The people get what they voted for.”
Woods-Andreatta said Wednesday she “felt pretty confident” from the first returns Tuesday night.
“The trend stayed the same,” Woods-Andreatta said. “I’m very excited, grateful and humbled. I appreciate the support of the people of Lincoln.”
Woods-Andreatta credited her message of honesty, integrity and transparency with her win.
“My message resonated with the people of Lincoln; they are ready for a change,” Woods-Andreatta said. “I think the people are ready for a new perspective. Alyssa and I are going to bring some new ideas.”
Woods-Andreatta expects an uphill climb regarding the council’s priorities on public safety and working with local businesses.
Silhi didn’t accept her win until the semi-final tallies were in Wednesday morning.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve and thankful to be entrusted with the opportunity,” Silhi said. “I tried really hard to run a positive and professional campaign. I tried to reach out to the community and I walked a lot.”
There was a national and local trend Tuesday night toward electing women, according to Silhi.
“There were a lot of first-time women elected Tuesday,” Silhi said. “I think it’s significant. It’s important to have balance and that’s something Lincoln hasn’t had.”
There are 29,072 registered voters in Lincoln.
The final official tally could take one to two days to confirm, according to the Placer County Elections Office website. At least one precinct for every race and measure will be counted by hand to verify the computer count. Vote by mail ballots and provisional ballots could take up to 10 days to verify, according to the elections website.