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Sebastopol: Gurney, Kyes, Slayter take council seats


Incumbent Mayor Sarah Gurney and newcomers Michael Kyes and Patrick Slayter were elected from a field of six candidates to the Sebastopol City Council.

Gurney, 51, a mediation attorney serving her third term as mayor, received 29.1 percent of the vote with absentee ballots and all five precincts counted. Three seats were open.

Slayter, an independent architect, had 18.2 percent, and Kyes, 61, an energy efficiency consultant, had 17.9 percent.

“I am glad to see my message rings with folks and that they feel I would be a good representative,” said Slayter, who said he has a common sense approach to decision-making.

“And I am glad to see the experience I can bring to the discussions in the next four years, especially with the general plan update.”

Among the other candidates, Ron Basso, 51, former owner of RS Basso furniture store chain, had 14.9 percent; Maureen Shea, 59, part-owner of The Hot Tub Store, had 14.4 percent; and Colleen Fernald, 48, a sustainability consultant who was running for council for a second time, had 5.4 percent.

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