Incumbents win sizably in SLO
November 7, 2012
Mayor Jan Marx won reelection in a landslide victory and councilmen Dan Carpenter and John Ashbaugh each finished well ahead of their challengers.
Marx received 62.87 percent of the 13,392 votes counted so far, more than double the total of challenger Steve Barasch, who has garnered 29.5 percent. Three-time candidate for mayor Donald Hedrick received 7.15 percent. Only late arriving vote-by-mail ballots remain uncounted.
In the council race, Carpenter slightly leads Ashbaugh for first place, but both lead challengers by a margin of more than 10 percent. Capenter has received 31.97 percent and Ashbuagh 31.07 percent.
Jeff Aranguena is in third place with a little over 19 percent of the vote, followed by Kevin Rice at just under 15 percent and Matt Strzepke at two and a half percent.
Carpenter will win election for the first time since he finished third in the 2010 council race and received an appointment to fill Marx’s vacant seat. Some wonder whether another council appointment will occur since midterm Councilman Andrew Carter has considered leaving office.
Ashbaugh overcame several campaign mishaps, which led to the filing of multiple complaints against him and a $252 fine from the city attorney for accepting an illegal contribution from County Supervisor Adam Hill.