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Jacques Bertrand

CAPITOLA -- "I'm glad they believed in me," said Ed Bottorff, the day after he was the top vote-getter in a three-way race for two seats on the Capitola City Council.

With all precincts in and 4,477 votes counted early Wednesday morning, Bottorff, a retired firefighter, led by 83 votes with 35.6 percent of the vote.

Incumbent Dennis Norton, a home designer, had 33.8 percent of the vote, pulling 159 votes ahead of Jacques Bertrand, city treasurer, with 30.2 percent of the vote.

Bottorff, who moved to Capitola three years ago, said he thought his status as a newcomer was an advantage. During his campaign, he said, residents told him they wanted somebody new on the City Council.

"It's a pretty big risk for them to put trust in me," he said. "The hard part is: I got to perform."

That job, Bottorff said, will be made easier by the passage of Measure O, a permanent quarter-cent sales tax.

"It will give us an opportunity to put our money where our mouth is," he said

Kym DeWitt, the new treasurer who ran unopposed, "wants to make sure we have transparency ... Everybody's committed to making sure people know where the money goes."

Bottorff said his style at the outset will be to "listen and learn."

Being an incumbent is not popular, observed Norton, who has served eight years on the council, stepped off due to term limits, then returned for four more years. He said his advocacy for a skate park and his vote against dogs on the beach may have cost him support.

He was not surprised by Bottorff's finish, noting, "Ed walked every house."

Bertrand could not be reached to comment Wednesday.

The swearing-in ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at City Hall, which is a Wednesday.

Nov. 20 will be the last council meeting for Kirby Nicol, who could not run again after serving two consecutive terms.

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Capitola City Council

Ed Bottorff 1,595
Dennis Norton 1,512
jacques Bertrand 1,353
6 of 6 precincts reporting