ANTIOCH -- There will be a new mayor in Antioch, and it will be Wade Harper.
Harper has the lead in the race with all of the precincts reporting, with 40.9 percent of the vote. Gary Agopian is in second with 32.9 percent, while Donald Freitas has 20.4 percent.
Joining him on the City Council will be incumbent Mary Rocha and newcomer Monica Wilson.
Of the five candidates seeking the two council seats, Rocha appears to be the top vote-getter with 24.4 percent with Wilson receiving 23.2 percent.
Current Mayor Jim Davis finished in third place with 22.4 percent of the vote in the unofficial results.
The other contested Antioch race is for City Clerk, where former councilman Arne Simonsen appears to have won with 57.6 percent of the vote over Argentina Davila-Luevano.
The focus on both the mayoral and council races has been on improving public safety, eliminating blight and boosting economic development, both in the short and long term, as Antioch shows signs of starting to financially stabilize after years of sharp decline.
Harper, 48, said his 24 years in law enforcement, education in leadership, numerous management trainings and time on the City Council have equipped him to lead the city.
Antioch's Mayor Pro Tem, Harper pointed to combating teenage truancy and emergency preparedness as issues that he would also focus on as mayor. Bringing in new businesses and retaining the businesses currently in town are also among his priorities.
Rocha hopes for a second term to continue a push to create job opportunities for Antioch's youth, which she says would reduce crime.
Rocha, 73, set out to do that during her first-term back after an eight-year hiatus from the council, but the economic downturn forced the city to be in survival mode, she said.
Wilson, 44, a dean's assistant at Mills College, is running because she wants to help put Antioch on the map for positive reasons.
A member of the city's economic development commission, Wilson says Antioch must be more aggressive in bringing in new jobs, especially with the expansion of Highway 4 and extension of BART coming soon.
Antioch must not only find ways to fund more police officers but also city workers in other departments, said Wilson, adding that the city must try to actively find and apply for alternative funding such as grants.
Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.