HAYWARD — Marvin Peixoto took a large early lead that dwindled little to score a City Council seat, while Mark Salinas widened the vote margin over Sara Lamnin to take the second of two posts left empty by outgoing members.
Peixoto, a six-year planning commissioner and retired budget analyst, was considered a favorite going into the race, along with college instructor and nonprofit director Salinas and nonprofit program director Lamnin.
Salinas said he was being very cautious about declaring victory, but added that he felt he ran a strong campaign and saw support throughout the city.
"What I was really talking about during the campaign was the future of the city, and this election really boiled down to what Hayward will look like, and who the beneficiaries of this city will be in the next 25 or 30 years," he said.
The other three candidates, Ralph Farias Jr., Lawrence Fitzpatrick and Steve Oiwa, lagged far behind.
In the mayor's race, only incumbent Mike Sweeney's name was on the ballot, and he was sweeping into re-election with only a pinch of votes cast for write-in candidate Ryan Belden, a Chabot College student.
Peixoto, 64, said voters should choose him because of his proven track record and dedication to law enforcement and firefighters. He also pointed at his leadership on green issues on the city's Sustainability Committee.
Salinas, 39, said he would continue the city's path of combating blight and promoting sustainable practices. Lamnin, 39, said she would "lead by listening" and placed high importance on creating good jobs for residents.
Before the election, Sweeney said the three were the most viable candidates and he could see each of them succeeding on the council.
"I think any two of those three would do a good job," he said. "They're all bright, talented people. Marvin's done an excellent job as a planning commissioner over the years. Sara's been solid leader of Community Advisory Commission, and Mark's service with (The Kids' Breakfast Club) has been very impressive."