In the November 4 election, three council seats were up for grabs, with two incumbents (Mike O'Neill, Sue Digre) and five challengers (John Keener, Matt Dougherty, Victor Spano, Eric Ruchames, and Therese Dyer) in the race. Councilman Len Stone did not run for re-election.
In our opinion, the most important issues in Pacifica are Highway 1 widening and broken city finances. If you have been paying attention (Pacifica Riptide, Pacifica Index, candidate forums, and Jane Northrop's coverage in the Pacifica Tribune), only John Keener, Sue Digre, and Matt Dougherty clearly opposed widening Highway 1 and favored fixing city finances.
Congratulations to John and Sue on their clear victories. Though Matt's bid for office was unsuccessful, we hope to hear more from him in the future.
As to the other candidates: Victor Spano focused on traffic issues in northern Pacifica (Skyline and Fairmont). Mainstream political heavyweights endorsed Eric Ruchames, but we did not know where he stood on key issues. Mike O'Neill and Therese Dyer favored highway widening, but only O'Neill won.
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John Maybury, Editor and Publisher