11/16/2018 Ballot Count Update – Still 3rd nearing 5k -4914 @ 17%

11/16/2018 Ballot Count Update – Still 3rd nearing 5k -4,914 @ 17%

11/16/2018 Ballot Count Update

We’re holding third place, nearing 5k votes  at 4,914,  17% of the votes cast.  27,798 votes counted for the council race so far. Estimated number of ballots left to process 94,508 countywide.

Next update from the Sacramento County Office of Elections is Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 after 4pm.

LINDA BUDGE 38% 10,666
GARRETT S. GATEWOOD 29% 8,126
DONALD CHILDS 17% 4,914
DERALD W. LANGWELL 14% 4,091
WRITE-IN 0% 1

http://sacresults.totalvote.com/SearchResults.aspx?ID=13

A tie in the “Finger” Area precinct !

Garrett Gatewood and I are tied in the “Finger” area precinct 61411.
The area is colored in light green on the map, the only precinct I got shaded.

Battle for the finger area 11062018 general election
Battle for the finger area 11062018 general election

Whats the “Finger” Area?  Answer: the area designated as our “Sphere of Influence” (SOI) when our boundaries were drawn to make our incorporation “Revenue Neutral” which was annexed into the city in 2010.

More Info  

Map

News Article:
Civil Union
Rancho Cordova welcomes annexed land
AUG 31, 2010 By JT Long
Comstock Magazine

Excerpt:

Rancho Cordova Economic Development Director Curt Haven described the holdout as the county “taking the area as collateral.” The Rancho Cordova Incorporation Committee didn’t have much say over the boundaries, Haven says. “It was just a group of volunteers up against a county with all its lawyers. Now that we are a city with our own bank of attorneys, it was easier to be heard,” he says.

11/13/2018 Ballot Count Update – Still 3rd -3,572 @ 17%

11/13/2018 Ballot Count Update

We’re holding third place,  at 3,572,  17% of the votes cast.  20,264 votes counted for the council race so far. Estimated number of ballots left to process 94,508 countywide.

Next update from the Sacramento County Office of Elections is Friday, November 16th, 2018 after 4pm.

LINDA BUDGE 38% 7,749
GARRETT S. GATEWOOD 29% 5,921
DONALD CHILDS 17% 3,572
DERALD W. LANGWELL 14% 3,021
WRITE-IN 0% 1

http://sacresults.totalvote.com/SearchResults.aspx?ID=13

11132018 election results 4pm
11132018 election results 4pm

Would you support term limits for the Rancho Cordova City Council?

Voters of Folsom have overwhelmingly passed a city council term limits measure. Would you support term limits for the Rancho Cordova City Council? (We are a General Law City, not a Charter City)

http://sacresults.totalvote.com/SearchResults.aspx?ID=26

Folsom Measure C - City Council Term Limits

Measure C info from City of Folsom:
https://www.folsom.ca.us/clerk/city_clerk/elections.asp

Ballot language:
CITY COUNCIL TERM LIMIT – CHARTER AMENDMENT
Shall the measure to impose term limits for City Councilmembers by amending the Folsom City Charter to require that after serving 4 consecutive 4-year terms, a City Councilmember is not eligible to run for the City Council or to be appointed to a vacancy unless a period of 4 consecutive years have elapsed since their last service on the City Council, be adopted? No new City powers will result from adoption of the Charter Amendment.

11/09/2018 Ballot Count Update

11/09/2018 Ballot Count Update

We’re holding third place,  at 3,030, falling  1% to 17% of the votes cast.  16,995 votes counted for the council race so far. Estimated number of ballots left to process 151,143.

Next update from the Sacramento County Office of Elections is Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 after 4pm.

LINDA BUDGE 37% 6,445
GARRETT S. GATEWOOD 29% 4,936
DONALD CHILDS 17% 3,030 
DERALD W. LANGWELL 15% 2,583
WRITE-IN 0% 1

http://sacresults.totalvote.com/SearchResults.aspx?ID=13

11/09/2018 Ballot Count Update

Im very honored to receive the support of so may Rancho Cordovans, and as we move through this ballot counting process, I will continue to share information in support of our top priorities to address, as well as ballot count updates.

Here’s a link to the ballot count update schedule from Sacramento County Office of Elections,  and the “What’s Left to Process” page breaking down estimates of :

If you have thoughts, suggestions or have a personal story you’d like to share, please submit your comment by email, here on the website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube.

I voted!

I voted! Thank You Arden-Dimick Friends of the Library volunteers for your work to make this a successful and inclusive election this year. It was a pleasure visiting your library on the way home from work and handing you my ballot car side.

Thank You for your support

I’d like to thank my friends and family, community members for your endorsement of my candidacy who have expressed support for me in this current campaign, and in past efforts.

My undertaking this effort is in large part due to years of your encouragement and counsel.

Even if you dont live in Rancho Cordova and cant vote for me, I sincerly value your support and the role you’ve played, and will continue to play, in my life and in my efforts to help make Rancho Cordova a better place for all who live and work here.

Thank you for your support, and for the opportunity to serve you to make a difference for Rancho Cordovans.

My Commitment to Elected Representation

I believe in representative government, meaning a council member represents the citizens, not their own agenda.

When an elected official can provide leadership, and convince constituents of the merit of an idea, a solution, a development project, a budgetary decision based on information and analysis present by staff or consultants,  then I believe you’ve done your job as an “elected representative”.

If what I want differs from what my constituents want, I feel that I must vote for what the people want; that my role is lead if I can, but vote for what the people want.

We may not always agree, but your trust in me to fulfill my duties, and honoring my oath of office, are not negotiable. The voters are the boss.

Its my job to get the public reliable information and analysis, and openly communicate with you, with respect as stakeholders, even if I disagree with what you want or support.

It’s also important to me to try reaching consensus, both among stakeholders and other elected representatives on the city council, but not at the expense of,  or indifference to, those who elect me to the city council.

An interesting read about this dilemma was published in a blog post from the University of Chicago Stigler Center, Booth School of Business:

Study: Politicians Vote Against the Will of Their Constituents 35 Percent of the Time 06/16/2017 – Asher Schechter
https://promarket.org/study-politicians-vote-will-constituents-35-percent-time/

Excerpt from blog quoting Professor John G. Matsusaka of the University of Southern California:

What Matsusaka finds is that most of the time, “representation” works: 65 percent of the time, legislators’ votes correlated with the positions of their constituents. While 65 percent “is better than the 50 percent rate of congruence that would occur if legislators simply flipped a coin when voting,” he notes, it is still “less than one might hope.”

The people of Rancho Cordova will be represented 100% of the time if I serve you on the Rancho Cordova City Council. I am deeply committed to this principle.