Alameda voters have narrowly elected schools trustee Trish Spencer as their mayor in a stunning electoral upset, effectively abandoning a dozen years of progressive, pro-development leadership in favor of a populist mayor who has promised to slow development of the Island.
Mayor Marie Gilmore conceded the Alameda mayor's race Wednesday at a press conference in front of City Hall, saying she will not seek a recount of votes cast in the super-close race.
Updated at 10:34 a.m. Monday, November 10 in BOLD
Mayoral challenger Trish Spencer extended her lead over incumbent Marie Gilmore on Sunday, a shift that may close the door on Gilmore’s chances of keeping her seat.
Spencer now leads Gilmore by 127 votes, more than double the 58-vote lead she held when results were released Saturday. That’s after 863 additional Alameda votes were counted Sunday.
The Alameda County Registrar of Voters counted about 10,000 votes on Sunday, numbers it released on its website showed. Registrar Tim Dupuis said Monday his office has another 14,000 provisional ballots to process.
Trish Spencer holds a shrinking lead over Marie Gilmore in mayor's race, with the gap between the candidates now at 58 votes, results released Saturday evening by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters show.
The new results reflect an additional 225 Alameda ballots counted. The registrar counted an additional 47,045 ballots on Saturday, results show; as of the release of results Friday, the registrar had about 63,000 ballots left to count, including roughly 39,000 vote by mail ballots and 24,000 provisionals.
Jim Meyers, meanwhile, hung on to a 170-vote lead over Lynn Bratchett for a third seat on the Alameda Health Care District Board.
More to come.
Mayor Marie Gilmore edged closer to challenger Trish Spencer in the mayor’s race Friday, and fewer than 100 votes now separate the two candidates.
With an additional 5,015 Alameda votes counted, Spencer still leaders the race with 9,681 votes to Gilmore’s 9,590 votes.
Meanwhile, Alameda Health Care District Board candidate Jim Meyers extended his lead in the race for a third open seat on the board from 25 votes to 177 votes. He’s leading incumbent Lynn Bratchett with 7,032 votes compared to Bratchett’s 6,855.
Counting is expected to continue over the weekend, though it’s unclear how many more Alameda ballots are left to be tallied.