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Seifert Wins Re-Election Bid, Measure L Wins

Benicia will continue to be represented by Linda Seifert on the Board of Supervisors and libraries get support from the voters.

Supervisor Linda Seifert has won re-election to her District Two seat of the Board of Supervisors with a strong showing in yesterday’s Presidential Primary Election where she got the support of 66 percent of the district voters who cast ballots.  Seifert defeated her challenger, former Benicia Mayor and current school board member Steve Messina.

The outcome was never really in question after the absentee ballot results were posted shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m.  Seifert had a commanding 2,800 vote among absentee voters and had increased that lead to 4,000 votes by the time ballots from all precincts had been counted.

Candidate for Solano County Supervisor

Absentee

Election Day

Total

Percentage

District 2

 

 

 

 

Linda Seifert

5,474

2,477

7,963

66

Steve Messina

2,640

1,290

3,937

33

District 1

 

 

 

 

Tony Intintoli

1,980

627

2,620

29

Erin Hannigan

1,715

717

2,432

27

Katy Miessner

1,538

707

2,245

25

Susan B. Anthony

953

353

1,306

14

Lee Simmons

332

134

466

5

District 5

 

 

 

 

Skip Thomson

4,713

2,020

6,733

56

Mike Reagan

3,700

1,526

5,226

44

Benicia voters also cast ballots in the Congressional District 1 race where Representative Mike Thompson, a Democrat far outpaced his challengers grabbing 73 percent of the vote.

 

Candidate for Congress Fifth District

Absentee

Election Day

Total

Percentage

Mike Thompson

9,726

4,036

13,762

74

Randy Loftin

2,111

1,071

3,182

17

Stewart Cilley

1,180

456

1,636

9

Measure L, the extension of an existing .015 percent sales tax to support county libraries was favored by 80 percent of voters countywide.  Measure L needed the approval of 67.7 percent of voters to pass.

Proposition 29, which would add $1.00 to the cost of a pack of cigarettes, passed in Solano County but lost statewide.  Proposition 28, which changes the term limit rules for members of the state legislature won in Solano County and statewide.

Measures

Absentee

Election Day

Total

Percentage

Prop 28
Term Limits

Yes 26,089
No   11,631

9,011
6,712

35,100
18,343

Yes  66
No    34

Prop 29
Cigarette Tax

Yes  19,776
No    18,546

7,629
8,351

27,405
26,897

Yes  50.5
No    49.5

Measure L
Libraries

Yes 30,475
No     7,633

12,641
  3,242

43,116
10,875

Yes  80
No    20

 

Susan Bonilla ran unopposed for the State Assembly in District 14 and Lois Wolk ran unopposed for the State Senate in District 1.  Both won handily.

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Riley Willerson June 06, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Congratulations! Big upset for messina, no doubt that the people have spoken, and messina was not part of the conversation.
Robert Livesay June 06, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Linda won very easily. She should be congratulated. I do congratulate her. I wish her and Solano County well in the next four years. I have no sour grapes about the election. That is why we have them. Some you win some you lose. I thought she would only win by 55/45. I guess I underestimated her popularity.
Riley Willerson June 06, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Robert, very well said and respectful, when it comes down to how are system functions, you do support, although may not like, the outcome
Robert Livesay June 06, 2012 at 02:20 PM
You are right Riley. I always know there will be a next time. That goes for both sides of politics. Thank you for your kind comment. We need more people like you that understand politics. Again thank you.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" June 06, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I told you so!!!
JB Davis (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 04:18 PM
The margin of victory this time is about the same as it was four years ago. It is interesting that Steve is very closely aligned to John Silva who was a 3 term incumbent when Seifert beat him four years ago. The people of the 2nd District have certainly made their feelings clear about the political philosophy they like. I wonder if anyone will try to oppose Seifert in 4 years.
Roger Straw June 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Linda's countywide percentage was even better against Messina than her showing against Silva in 2008. In 2008 Seifert had 63%, 8,178 votes, while Silva received 37%, 4,776 votes. Yesterday's figures, for comparison: Seifert 66.4%, 7,963 votes, Messina 32.8% and 3,937 votes. Source: Solano County Registrar. (Note that the count will not be final until additional mail-in and provisional ballots are counted. The Registrar promises to update by Thursday, 5pm.) It will be interesting to see if Messina did as poorly here in Benicia as Silva did. Silva lost every precinct in 2008. Precinct voting results will not be known for awhile.
Robert Livesay June 06, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I believe Seifert will go after a State Senate or Assembly seat. She will them support Mayor Patterson for her Sup seat. Just watch.
Roger Straw June 06, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Well, a very minor correction: in 2008, Seifert won in all but one tiny Benicia precinct. In precinct 92905, 18 of 29 registered voters came to the polls, and they split evenly, 9 to 9. Every other precinct in Benicia went for Seifert.
JB Davis (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I was talking to someone about that last night and I don't think that's going to happen any time soon. Especially with the passage of Prop 28.
Robert Livesay June 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
It is a difference of only two years. Then at anytime Linda could go for a House seat. She appears to be popular enough to win. It will have no effect on Mayor Patterson. Sup would be her last call if she could win. Just keep your eye onj these two. Politically thicker than thieves.
TOM HEBSON June 07, 2012 at 12:33 AM
BEFORE LINDA BEAT SILVA THE PLAN COULD HAVE BEEN ? FOR STEVE TO STEP IN AND HE AND SILVA INVOKE THE "OLD BOY" NETWORK TO ACHIEIVE A WIN, FORTUNATLY THE ELECTORS SAW THRU THIS.
Fred Schlatter June 07, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Interesting idea Mr Livesay ... If that did happen they would definately get my support, but let's just let them both do the job we elected them to do for now okay?
Robert Livesay June 07, 2012 at 02:57 AM
No Fred i must look at the problem that it could bring to this city, county and state. California for now is not at all in the big picture for the future of this great nation. This state has taken themselves out of the picture. As I have said before this state is about ten years away from figuring the picture out. San Jose, San Diego did figure it out. They can do some reductions in Healthcare and Retirement but for only new hires. Very little impact. Yes Benicia and Solano County seem to be doing OK at present. But if these folks stay in power for the next ten years just watch out. iIt does look as if Linda or Mayor Patterson go for bigger jobs the home will get them before term limits. Tax and spend Liberals will destroy this city and the county. You will get no help from the new President because you are against everything he stands for. So as you see things must change and it better be pretty quik. Wisconsin was just the beginning. California, Oregon, Washinton, Illinois, New York Mass. , Conn, and many other NE states are about to be in a world of hurt. We could be next. Voters must start to look at what is best for them which at the same time is best for the state. This city, county, state and country are driven by economics not Enviro Greenies. Once the Enviro Greenies understand that they now must be part of the fix there will plenty of money to persue the agenda.
Robert Livesay June 07, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Sorry for some spelling errors. On benefits I was talking about the City of Benica
Shirocos Fusion Decor June 07, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Congrats! Super Congrats! Well done. We look forward to working with u in important issues for Benicia and small business.

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