Tuesday’s certified election results brought with them no surprises, but a few sighs of relief in the Napa City Council race.
True to prediction, the top vote-getters as of election night on Nov. 6 held their positions down to the final vote tally. Jill Techel won re-election to her third term as mayor, while two newcomers, Scott Sedgley and Alfredo Pedroza, will join the five-member body.
Sedgley and Pedroza will replace Mark van Gorder, who did not seek re-election but instead ran unsuccessfully for county supervisor, and Jim Krider, who came in fourth place among the seven council contenders.
In the final results, Techel increased her early lead over challenger Councilman Peter Mott by about one percentage point. She received 61.28 percent of the votes cast, while Mott received 38.72 percent.
Sedgley and Pedroza also saw slight increases in their leads from the early numbers, finishing with 22.69 and 21.31 percent of the total votes, respectively. Some other council candidates saw their numbers fluctuate slightly, but the ranking did not change: Doris Gentry, Jim Krider, Alex Pader, Bill Bopf and Charlie Rose followed the two winners in that order.
Although the election results were just now being certified, Pedroza said he had been preparing for his new job so he can hit the ground running when he is seated at noon on Dec. 4.
“We’re excited, there’s a lot to do, and we’re ready to start working,” Pedroza said. “I’ve already had meetings to make sure we’re up to speed on what’s happening.”
Pedroza said he has met with city department heads, the city manager and city attorney. He said he feels the community has high expectations for him. He is most looking forward to implementing components of the Downtown Napa Specific Plan to spur the further development of downtown.
Sedgley, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday, had previously hesitated to claim victory, saying the election wouldn’t be over until all the votes were counted.
Techel said she is relieved the numbers are in, particularly because they allow the council’s newcomers to plan to take office.
“I’m glad it’s over,” she said. “I think it’s time to get back to the work we have to do in the next four years. It’s exciting.”
Though the council candidates rankings varied by precinct, the mayoral race was more definitive. Techel carried all but two of the city’s 87 precincts. Mott carried two precincts — the Westwood neighborhood bound by First Street, Bryan Avenue, Laurel Street and Chelsea Avenue by two votes and the neighborhood bound roughly by Imola Avenue, Basalt Road, Highway 221 and the Napa River by one vote.
“You do look at the precinct numbers,” Techel said. “It was rewarding to see it was across the board and exciting that the votes are certified.”
The new council will be sworn in at noon on Dec. 4 in Council Chambers at City Hall, 955 School St.
Sedgley and Pedroza will take part in their first council meeting later that afternoon.