Friday, November 30, 2018

A Few Odds and Ends

I have received notes of congratulations from other various local elected officials which was unexpected and thoughtful.

The Clayton Pioneer also reached out for comment on the election for print in their Dec 7 issue. I replied with the following:
"I am humbled that the residents of Clayton chose me to represent them on the Council. I am grateful that my message of transparency resonated with voters - the results of this election showed that there has been an unmet desire for openness that I hope to address.

By campaigning on the idea that Clayton should not be for sale, that we shouldn't have high density housing in our downtown, and that the downtown lot should be preserved for our festivals and events, voters we're presented with a clear choice. I look forward to working with the rest of the Council to bring these ideas to fruition in the years to come."
I will continue throughout my tenure to update regularly on Council activity and the people's business on this site as well as my Facebook page.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Wednesday 11/28/18 Update

As of today (11/28), Contra Costa County released updated vote figures as follows:

Wan: 2,842
Wolfe: 2,795
Shuey: 2,683
Buddell: 1,869

There were an addition 443 ballots counted this update. Current results represent a 75.43% turnout. Based on historical trends, this is a little north of the historical turnout rates.

While the final deadline for certification of results is Dec 6, the County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet on the afternoon of Tuesday Dec 4 to certify the election results.  That evening at 7 pm on Dec 4, the Clayton City Council will meet to swear in the new members and reconstitute the Council (select Mayor, Vice Mayor).  

What I learned from the last Council meeting is that the agenda for the December 4 meeting will be light, however if anyone wishes to view the swearing in ceremony that meeting is when it will happen.

Based on the results above, it appears that myself and Mr. Wolfe have each earned one of the two spots available for election.  As I wrote earlier, I want to thank everyone who supported my campaign and candidacy.  I look forward to working with Mr. Wolfe and the rest of the Council.  It will be my privilege to represent my neighbors on the Council.

I want to thank Brian Buddell for running a spirited and energetic campaign.  We had an opportunity to coordinate some of our campaign efforts and I appreciated the time, energy, ideas, and enthusiasm he committed to his campaign.  I also want to thank Mr. Shuey.  Even though we were opponents in this election, I appreciate his many years of public service and wanted to thank him for all he has done for the benefit of Clayton.

I recognize this was a very close election so to any who did not vote for me - I hope I can earn your support in the years to come.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday 11/16 Update - Not final yet, but getting better

As of today (11/16), Contra Costa County released updated vote figures as follows:

Wan: 2,648
Wolfe: 2,608
Shuey: 2,519
Buddell: 1,738




There were an addition 1,428 ballots counted this update.  Based on historical trends, this is in line with the historical turnout figures, but there are still uncounted ballots.  The next scheduled update of results is on Wednesday, 11/21.

Looking good so far.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Friday 11/9 Update - Still Too Close to Call

As of last Friday (11/9), Contra Costa County released updated vote figures as follows:

Wan: 1,942
Wolfe: 1,959
Shuey: 1,922
Buddell: 1,258



There were an addition 579 ballots counted this update.  Based on historical trends, there could be quite a few ballots left to be counted.

Still too soon to call. The next scheduled release of updated figures will be on Friday, (11/16) at 5pm.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Results Not Yet Final

So, a bit of an update - interesting day today. There are likely a significant number of ballots still uncounted. Some of this is factual, and some of this is supposition so I will try to separate those out.

What we know - There are uncounted ballots of the following flavors: Ballots turned in outside of Clayton. People could drop their ballots at any collection box in the County. Those are not yet included. Ballots that are designated "late-early" - those absentee ballots that were submitted to the polling place. Those are not yet included. Any ballot postmarked on Tuesday - those have until Friday to arrive to be counted. 

Supposition - Mail in ballots that were received Monday or later are likely not included as well. Candidates received a message from the county election office talking about what was and what wasn't included. It wasn't super clear, but my interpretation of the message was that those ballots received after Saturday were not included. More supposition - Average turnout for mid term elections, excluding 2018, and going back to 1998, is approximately 68%. The results as of last night show turnout around 45%. My expectation would be that turnout would be more consistent with the historical run rates. 

I've also been in contact with Staff at the city who have confirmed the factual information above and that the results are not yet final. 

Given all that, currently 3597 ballots have been counted, with 8017 registered voters. If the turnout % is consistent with prior years, then there may be over 1,000 ballots not yet counted (this is heavy supposition). The secretary of state has 30 days to certify the results and make them final. We'll see how it goes. Here is a summary of the Clayton historical data. All have been pulled from here:  https://www.cocovote.us/current-and-past-elections/past-election-results/



THANK YOU

To everyone who supported my campaign, thank you! At the outset there is no way I could have known the level of enthusiasm and support in the community. This campaign has given me the opportunity to meet and talk with so many wonderful people, for which I am grateful.

To those who volunteered to canvas – Thank you. It takes a tremendous amount of time and energy to canvas and without your efforts we would have not gotten to nearly as many people as we did.

To those who were willing to show support by putting up yard signs, sometimes multiple – Thank you. At times it can be difficult putting yourself out there, inviting those questions and conversations from friends and neighbors. I know with entrenched support from the establishment, it can be challenging to stand out and stand up for change.

To those who spread the word online and in person – Thank you. This is where it all started. Passionate community involvement is what can drive change and with our ability to connect and collaborate we can be truly effective.

And to all other supporters - thank you. The only way this campaign has gotten this far is both because the message has resonated with people, and they were able to hear that message. The only way that was possible is because of the vocal support of the community.

More information to follow both on this website and my Facebook page, but for now I'm going to get some much needed rest with the family.

Even though I did not win  the results are uncertain, I feel like the campaign accomplished quite a bit.  At the beginning I thought it would be a long shot since incumbency is so difficult to overcome.  What I wanted to do was to get information out there, to raise awareness, and to present a choice to voters.  To that end, I committed to researching and presenting as much information as I could.  So I want to congratulate Mr. Shuey and Mr. Wolfe.  Even though I may not have voted for them, they are still our elected representatives  neighbors, so I wish them the best of luck in the years to come.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Remember to Vote on Nov 6!

Reminder that tomorrow, November 6 is election day.  Don't forget you can vote for two!  Also, we will be having an election night gathering at Ed's starting around 6pm.  No matter who you support, please join in celebrating our great community.  In case you are undecided, I assembled some critical facts related to this election here:  http://www.jeffwanforclaytoncitycouncil.net/2018/10/lets-gather-all-facts.html

My candidate statement at the last Council meeting:

Friday, November 2, 2018

Just 4 more days and the last sign update

With the election just four days away, I hope everyone has had a chance to read all the facts and make an informed choice.  That's been the push for my whole campaign - a fact based presentation of evidence and clearly stating my positions so voters can decide.  As a reminder, I published a summary of the facts of this election here:  http://www.jeffwanforclaytoncitycouncil.net/2018/10/lets-gather-all-facts.html

As of last week, I gave out the last of my signs that I ordered.  I even pulled one from my yard to give to another supporter.  Well worth it!  Here is how it all ended up:


Thank you to everyone who agreed to display a sign in your yard!  And since the campaign is nearly over, I'd thought I'd share one more thing that I found interesting (I'm a bit of a data nerd):

Here is a display of website traffic over the last month.  You can really see the growth when the ballots were received.  This is great because people were seeking out information.

Hope to see everyone at Ed's on Tuesday night starting around 6pm.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Clayton Get Together

Myself and Brian want to thank you for your support for our bid for the two open Clayton City Council seats. 

Please join us at Ed’s Mudville Bar and Grill on Election Night (November 6th) from 6:00 until the results of the election are announced (or we get tired and decide that we’ve celebrated enough on a work/school night). Please show your unity for Clayton and the Small Town values we all hold dear, no matter who wins the election, by wearing your San Francisco Bay Area sport team shirts/sweatshirts, etc. Join us to celebrate, have an appetizer, dinner, or just a beer, (at your expense, no big budget political campaign here!) to spread our Clayton community spirit. Thank you!