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Short behind Karleskint in City Council race

Joiner leading vote-getter, as of Wednesday
By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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By the Numbers

Semi-official results for Lincoln City Council race

Joiner: 9,249 votes

Gilbert: 6,546

Karleskint: 6,115

Short: 5,758

Woods-Andreatta: 4,833

Waters: 3,280

An estimated 8,000 provisional and vote-by mail ballots still need to be counted, based on an 80 to 85 percent voter turnout. Results could change.

 

A final tally of election night results Tuesday showed Mayor Spencer Short losing to challenger Dan Karleskint by 357 votes in the Lincoln City Council race, according to semi-official numbers obtained from the Placer County Elections Office.

Semi-official results are based on the 12:30 a.m. updates by the Placer County Elections Office. A remaining 20,000 to 30,000 ballots remain to be counted in Placer County – specifically vote-by-mail ballots and provisional ballots. The additional ballots to be counted could add another 10 percent to 15 percent to the final numbers.

Placer County Elections manager Heider Garcia, said Wednesday Lincoln has 28,000 registered voters and an estimated 8,000 votes are still uncounted.

“The results could change,” Garcia said. “There’s a one-point difference between the third and fourth (place) City Council candidates and there are 8,000 votes to come in. Statistically speaking, there’s no way to ensure that this election won’t change.”

“It’s so close,” Garcia added. “All those concerns about provisional ballots and last minute dropped off ballots become very relevant when small races are this close.”

State law allows 30 days after the election for completion of the ballot tally and the official audit of the election or canvass, according to the county elections office. Official results are certified after the canvass is completed.

The semi-official final results, with all precincts reporting, showed two of the incumbents, Lincoln Councilmen Peter Gilbert and Paul Joiner, so far winning re-election to the Lincoln City Council. Joiner garnered the most votes with 9,249 (25.73 percent) and Gilbert the second most votes with 6,546 (18.21 percent). Karleskint finished with 6,115 (17.01 percent) to Short’s 5,758 votes (16.02 percent).

Holly Woods-Andreatta received 4,833 votes (13.45 percent) and Brandy Waters finished with 3,280 votes (9.13 percent).

Joiner said he was pleased to be the top vote-getter and predicted a great team.

“I think we will get some good work done in the next four years,” Joiner said Wednesday. “We will continue revitalizing the historic downtown district and develop the business park at the airport.”

Although he found the result shocking, Short said, “the voters have spoken and I respect that.”

“I have a record of achievement with the city and apparently that was not a focal point for the voters at this point in time,” Short said. “We are in a very weird, voter-apathy period.”

Short said he is concerned about the council’s new makeup.

“Are there issues the current council doesn’t agree on; absolutely, about five to 10 percent,” Short said. “There are some who want to have a team that never has a substantive discussion; if that’s what the people want they have the right team.”

“Maybe I am too direct for the town,” Short added. “For 16 years, doing this has been something really meaningful to me. I put my heart and soul into the city and planning for the future. Decisions made in the last year by the council give me pause, approving development projects without understanding the economic implications.

“There will be a lot of issues where I was the voice of opposition – now we have a council that will not ask questions and rubber-stamp approvals,” Short said. “If that’s what the citizens’ want, then I’m glad I didn’t get enough votes. That’s not who I am and I have to be true to myself and the citizens I serve.”

Karleskint said he was hopeful and humbled.

“I had a really good experience running,” Karleskint said. “I did a lot of outreach into downtown, Twelve Bridges and Lincoln Crossing and had a good reception. I had support from all of Lincoln, not just Lincoln Hills.”

Gilbert said he feels “humbled any time I am elected to office,” adding that the final numbers have not yet been released.

“I appreciate the opportunity and this will probably be my last term,” Gilbert said Wednesday. “Four years from now, my grandkids will be of an age where I will enjoy their company.”

Gilbert added that he “hopes to create an environment where all the good things can happen.”

“Obviously, we have a lot of good things happening in Lincoln and a lot of great opportunities,” Gilbert said. “If we can take advantage of the opportunities, the future is very bright for Lincoln.”

Woods-Andreatta said she disappointed but proud and grateful to her supporters and volunteers.

“I don’t regret running and it was a great campaign,” Woods-Andreatta said Wednesday. “I still feel the same way about Lincoln. Yesterday didn’t go as we planned, in any fashion.”

Voter registration in Placer County increased by 22,000, since the June primary election, to more than 226,454, according to Placer County’s public information office.