Susan Rohan and Tim Herman voted onto Roseville City Council

Roseville voters also select school board members, decide on charter revisions
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Voters overwhelmingly supported candidate Susan Rohan for Roseville City Council, based on semi-official election results. Rohan finished the race with 33.8 percent of the vote. As the top vote getter, she will serve as vice mayor for the first two years of her term. The remaining two years she will act as mayor. Three other candidates, Tim Herman, David Larson and Sam Cannon, remained in a tightly contested battle based on early returns Tuesday night, but Herman pulled ahead to secure the second council seat with 18.5 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. Rohan, who runs a part-time consulting business, spent election night with friends at Bravo Pastaria Market & Eatery in Roseville. “I’m glad it’s Election Day and it’s all over,” Rohan said. “Now we can get back to our normal lives. I’m very excited about the opportunity to work with the new council. We have a lot to do in Roseville. We have a great quality of life here and I want to help keep us where we want to be.” Rohan, a Roseville Public Utilities Commissioner, raised the most in contributions of the six candidates at $62,235, according to financial reports filed Nov. 1. She spent $55,469 on her campaign. Roseville City Clerk Sonia Orozco said final contributions and expenditures can vary greatly between now and Dec. 31, which is when candidates can stop receiving contributions. Herman spent Tuesday evening watching election results with friends and family at his house. He raised $37,858 for his campaign and spent $26,749. “I’m feeling very good,” said Herman, a Roseville Parks and Recreation Commissioner, two hours into election results. “I’m ready to (be done) with the campaigning process and start the City Council process.” Regardless of what happened, it was back to work Wednesday for the local dentist, who had patients at 7 a.m. Cannon earned 14.24 percent of the votes. The Roseville Planning Commissioner continued his outreach efforts through Election Day. “I never take anything for granted,” Cannon said Tuesday night. “I’ve been making phone calls to the very end trying to get out the positive message of my campaign and my solutions to problems in Roseville.” Larson, a Roseville Planning Commissioner, garnered 13.97 percent of the votes. He tracked results at his house Tuesday night with several supporters, including current Mayor Pro Tempore Pauline Roccucci. “I voted this afternoon,” Larson said. “The (polling place) was packed. That’s when I really got nervous. For the first time in my life, I’m on the ballot. It’s been an extraordinary experience.” Brown, a small-business owner, earned 11.98 percent of the votes. The self-described Tea Partier ran on a pro-business platform and didn’t raise any outside contributions for his campaign. “I didn’t think I was actually going to win,” Brown said. “It was fun. It was a good experience. I did pretty good for not raising any money.” Pople, the youngest of the candidates at 30 years old, received 7.21 percent of the votes. The Roseville Transportation Commissioner spent Election Day afternoon visiting residents at Sun City, where he met a 97-year-old man who served in World War II. Pople said the man told him that he was the first candidate he ever voted for in a City Council election. “I have to say that was the proudest moment of my campaign,” Pople said. “The fact that all these people voted for me, whether I end up in first or sixth, it’s an honor.” These election results are considered “semi-official” because an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 ballots remain to be counted in Placer County. These ballots — mostly vote-by-mail ballots, mail ballots and provisional ballots — will be collected, verified and counted in the canvass of election results. Once counted, these ballots could add another 7.5 percent to 10 percent to final turnout figures. State law allows 28 days after the election to complete the ballot tally and official audit of the election, known as the canvass. When the canvass is completed, official results are certified. School board members Roseville and Granite Bay voters cast their ballot for a total of eight candidates to serve on three local school boards. Leading the race to fill three open seats on the Roseville City School District board, Hallie Romero finished with 23.15 percent of the votes with 100 percent of precincts counted. Incumbent Rene Aguilera had 21.85 percent and Brian Vlahos had 21.04 percent to win the two other seats. Ronald Hickey earned 18.33 percent and appointed incumbent Stella Premo had 15.7 percent. With all precincts counted, Eric Teed-Bose won the race to fill one of three vacant seats for the Eureka Union School District board with 30.31 percent of the votes. Andy Sheehy had 25.92 percent and incumbent Jerri Davis had 23.19 percent, earning them seats on the board. John Brooding had 20.21 percent, losing a seat by 438 votes. The Roseville Joint Union High School District encompasses both Placer and Sacramento counties. In the school board’s election for two open seats, incumbent Scott Huber pulled ahead with 33.01 percent of the votes. Linda Park will join him on the board with 29.36 percent of the votes. Kathleen Rojas finished with 23.4 percent and Daniel Wesp had 13.85 percent. Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District did not hold an election for the school board’s three open seats because only two candidates — incumbents Diane Howe and Tracy Pittman — registered. The school board appointed Jeffrey Holland to fill the remaining vacancy on Oct. 12. Roseville City Charter amendments Residents voted on seven ballot measures to amend the Roseville City Charter, which is revised every 10 years. Voters strongly opposed Measure H, which would have set lifetime term limits for councilmembers. Under this measure, the limit for council members would have changed from two consecutive four-year terms to three terms of four years each over the course of a lifetime. The measure failed with 68.71 percent of voters opposed and 31.29 in favor. Voters supported Measure C, which states that an appointment to a vacant council seat does not count as a “term” for the purpose of term limit provisions. The measure also changes the label “mayor pro tempore” to “vice mayor.” With final results tallied, 60.10 percent of voters said yes to the measure and 39.9 percent said no. Four of the remaining measures involved minor charter revisions, including typographic and grammatical changes, increasing the dollar amount of items requesting sealed bids from $10,000 to $19,500, and term dates and tax updates — these measures all passed. Measure F, which would have created an ordinance establishing bidding preference for businesses located within Roseville, failed with 57.25 percent of voters opposing the measure and 42.75 in support. Sena Christian can be reached at ---------- Roseville City Council (two seats) Total votes / Percentage Susan Rohan: 16,127 / 33.8 Tim Herman: 8,829 / 18.5 Sam Cannon: 6,792 / 14.24 David Larson: 6,667 / 13.97 David Brown: 5,718 / 11.98 Neil Pople: 3,442 / 7.21 Eureka Union School District (three seats) Total votes / Percentage Eric Teed-Bose: 4,463 / 30.31 Andy Sheehy: 3,817 / 25.92 Jerri Davis: 3,414 / 23.19 John Brooding: 2,976 / 20.21 Roseville City School District (three seats) Total votes/Percentage Hallie Romero: 8,788 / 23.15 Rene Aguilera: 8,293 / 21.85 Brian Vlahos: 7,987 / 21.04 Ronald Hickey: 6,959 / 18.33 Stella Premo: 5,759 / 15.17 Roseville Joint Union High School District (two seats) Total votes / Percentage Scott Huber 17,858 / 33.01 Linda Park 15,882 / 29.36 Kathleen Rojas 12,658 / 23.4 Daniel Wesp 7,490 / 13.85