Martinez mayor re-elected, council challenger ahead by razor-thin margin

MARTINEZ — Two candidates vying for a Martinez City Council seat were separated by 25 votes Wednesday, while nearly every other citywide race was settled in a landslide.

Challenger John Stevens is inches ahead of incumbent Debbie McKillop, with current totals at 1,154 to 1,129. McKillop heads Contra Costa County’s crime lab, and challenger John Stevens is a retired businessman. They were both vying for a seat to represent the city’s District 4.

Meanwhile, Mayor Rob Schroder, going up against challenger Yazmín Llamas-Morales, won by a nearly 2-to-1 margin and cruised to his fifth term. He has been the city’s mayor since 2002.

Two tax measures before city voters appear to have passed by comfortable margins. Measure Q, which sought to bring $850,000 for local schools by extending and raising a parcel tax, is at 72 percent of the vote, according to totals released late Tuesday. The measure increases a local annual tax from $50 a parcel to $75 and includes senior exemptions.

Measure X, a half-cent sales tax to fund city services, won by more than 3,000 votes and secured 70 percent of the vote. That measure was badly needed, according to city officials, who billed it as a means of funding police and other city agencies. The measure is written to include funding for public safety and “other essential services,” opening the door for the money to be spent on all kinds of municipal functions.

Attorney Deidre Siguenza, an appointed school trustee, won a seat to represent Trustee Area 3 of the Martinez Unified School District. By a 268-vote margin, Siguenza defeated Craig Lazzeretti, a former editor at this newspaper.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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