By SAM SCOTT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Cotati voters stuck with the status quo for City Council, re-electing incumbents Pat Gilardi and Mark Landman.
Landman and Gilardi coasted to victory with 40 percent of the vote. Their lone challenger, former councilman George Barich, trailed with 19 percent with all precincts reporting.
It marks the first electoral victory for Landman, a retired fire captain who was appointed to the City Council in 2009. Gilardi has been on the council since 2000.
Barich, a former councilman, was recalled in 2009 after a series of controversies and served only a year in office.
The two incumbents campaigned together touting accomplishments including this year’s balanced budget — the city’s first one in six years — and recent contracts with police officers and management that lowered the costs of pension and medical benefits.
The candidates also touted the half-cent sales tax measure which Barich opposed before he was recalled from the council.
Barich built his campaigns on claims the city needs fiscal restraint.
He warned that Sonoma County’s smallest municipality is balancing its books using overly rosy sales tax projections and was financial facing disaster.