BRENTWOOD -- With all precincts reporting, incumbent Bob Taylor has won the Brentwood mayoral race against Brentwood Vice Mayor Steve Barr with 63 percent of the votes.
For the two Brentwood City Council seats, incumbent Erick Stonebarger and local educator Gene Clare both have won with 27 percent and 25 percent of the votes respectively.
Throughout the election, Taylor stressed his past accomplishments in improving Highway 4, maintaining a full police staff and advocating for the city on regional committees. He noted that the city is in a good place and the current council makes wise decisions. He has been mayor since 2006.
"The people have always made the right decision. The people have always treated myself and my family in the proper manner. I try to give my city 100 percent," Taylor said late Tuesday night.
Economic development, job growth and fiscal sustainability have been key issues for Barr. He said he wants to continue to be a voice for residents and provide true leadership in creating high-paying jobs through the high-tech and manufacturing industries.
Stonebarger was first appointed to the council in 2007 and then elected in 2008. In his campaign, Stonebarger has touted his fiscally conservative nature and voting history of being opposed to high-density affordable housing projects and the large size of the new City Hall building, which he said is 30 to 40 percent vacant.
Historically, the fourth-generation Brentwood farmer has maintained that available money should be reserved for police protection and parks and recreation. Stonebarger said late Tuesday night that the election process is very humbling.
"If it holds true, I look to continue for the next four years, although they will be very difficult fiscally," he said of a new term.
Clare is the Liberty Union High School District assistant superintendent and calls himself a true public servant who would like to continue helping the community on the council. His focus has been on attracting high-paying jobs, improving public park and recreation facilities and revamping the blighted North Brentwood area.
"I ran one heck of a campaign and I thank all of my supporters. I ran hard for you and I will run harder as your city council person," Clare said Tuesday night. "I promise to reward that trust by being an excellent city council person."
Other candidates included former council member Chris Becnel, newcomer Carissa Pillow and incumbent Bob Brockman, who was seeking a third and final term on the council.
Currently the longest-sitting council member, Brockman said during the election that he wanted to use that experience to complete several lingering projects such as the general plan process. As a former planning commissioner, Brockman has maintained that his leadership was partly responsible for Brentwood's well-planned growth.
Brockman said Wednesday morning that he was heartbroken but also relieved regarding the results. After eight years on the City Council, he added that he wants to devote more time to his three companies and family and may apply for the Brentwood Planning Commission again.
"I didn't campaign much because I didn't have the time," Brockman said. "I appreciate the time that I had in there."
Becnel wanted to rejoin the council after serving from 2006-2010 to develop jobs, protect deteriorating home values and enhance public safety and fire service. The attorney and certified public accountant said that he is innovative at finding alternative solutions to issues.
Pillow is a John Muir critical care nurse who has highlighted her passion for making Brentwood the greenest and most sustainable community in the nation.