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Petaluma vice mayor not ready to concede election


Petaluma Vice Mayor Tiffany Renée isn’t conceding the election quite yet.

After mail-in ballots and precinct votes were counted early Wednesday morning, Renée, seeking reelection to one of three City Council seats on the Nov. 6 ballot, was in fourth place, behind newcomer Kathy Miller by 1,026 votes.

Tiffany Renée.

Renée, who owns a web design company, was seeking a second term on the seven-member council. The campaign was the first for Miller, a civil attorney and one-time planning commissioner.

Miller’s running mate and fellow attorney, Mike Healy, topped all six candidates, followed by incumbent Gabe Kearney and then Miller.

If the vote holds, it would oust Renée, although she said Friday she still holds out hope. She estimates about 5,000 late absentee votes haven’t been tallied.

Almost 65 percent of all potential Petaluma ballots have been counted, according to county registrar figures.

The gap between the top three and bottom three candidates changed by less than one percent throughout election night, which could suggest the final mail-in ballots — those received on Election Day — aren’t likely to change the outcome.

But Renée said Friday she shouldn’t be counted out.

“I’ve run different scenarios with the math and the more absentees there are, the better my chances are,” she said. She noted that as more results came in, her percentage rose and Miller’s dropped.

“Given the trend that was happening as the votes were coming in … I’m going to wait,” she said. “I know I’ll close the gap; it’s just whether it will be enough.”

Gloria Colter, assistant county registrar of voters, said elections officers on Friday were collecting and unloading the remaining approximately 35,000 ballots, which haven’t been broken out by city.

In another close race, newcomer candidates for Santa Rosa school board Jenni Klose and Brian Noble were separated by 1,055 votes, with Klose leading.

If the vote in Petaluma stands, it would tilt the council toward a more moderate direction in its approach to land-use, development and environmental issues.

Miller, Healy and Kearney likely will tend to align more closely with Council members Mike Harris and Chris Albertson than with Mayor David Glass and Councilwoman Teresa Barrett, who are backed by more liberal supporters and who are more closely tied to Renée.

Healy said he sees himself, Kearney and Miller becoming a center bloc on the council, sometimes voting with those on either side.

“There’s no excuse for gridlock,” he said Friday. “I take responsibility for that. I’ll certainly try.”

Miller raised the most money of all six Petaluma candidates through Nov. 1, according to campaign finance reports leading up to the final days before the vote.

She raised $16,484, followed by Healy with $15,989, Alicia Kae Herries, $15,734 and Kearney’s $11,350. Jason Davies raised $10,720 and Renée $9,924.

A final report will detail any final contributions made the week before the election.

Supporters of Measure X on Tuesday’s ballot raised $42,480 in their campaign to raise funds for new and renovated parks facilities in Petaluma. The parcel tax measure failed to win the necessary two-thirds support.

(You can reach Staff Writer Lori A. Carter at 762-7297 or lori.carter@pressdemocrat.com.)

8 Responses to “Petaluma vice mayor not ready to concede election”

  1. BigDogatPlay says:

    Good bye Ms. Renee… it’s time for the grownups to be in charge for a while. Please feel free to go earn an honest living in this wonderfully progressive economy for a while. Don’t let the door of city hall hit you on the way out, and please be sure and turn in any and all city owned property entrusted to your care in as a good a condition as which it was received in.

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  2. Frank says:

    there are some who think the bread line is too good for us
    if ya don’t have a private sector business/employee tax base to steal from you can’t have a public sector welfare system that unions get to e3njoy

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  3. Over easy says:

    Concede woman, you lost based on your agenda and your abilities. It is really not that difficult to figure out.

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  4. Snarky says:

    As the Press Demo struggles with “local news” …

    ANOTHER example of an out of control government is being ignored locally.

    An FBI Agent “investigating” the CIA Director scandal .. was caught hitting on the mistress involved by sending her shirtless photos of himself.

    OF COURSE,,, that FBI boy won’t be fired. Nope. Just “reassigned.” Because government bends over backwards to avoid prosecuting cops for their misconduct.


    New York Daily News
    Today, Online

    “”IT’S A FULL-BLOWN CIRCUS: FBI agent probing Petraeus yanked for sending shirtless pics to whistleblower, as WHISTLEBLOWER is accused of ‘groping Petraeus under a table’ “”


    Notice how little was said, “locally,” regarding just who was responsible within the “local” police ranks for sending out those illegal election mailers.

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  5. Jean Anderson says:


    Substitute Obama and the US voters who supported him and your insults are right on.

    In contrast, Petaluma is finally making more sense.

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  6. @dazed says:

    I think you are missing the message of the voters. If the “progressives” had not abandoned Renee she would have won. Instead they picked two failures who were never going to win and created a hostile mess splitting the Democratic party and labor base between four candidates.

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  7. Buahahahaha says:

    @dazed and confused; You sound just like Mayor Glass. Attacking people for their vote because you don’t like the outcome. We are tired of the streets falling apart and the streetlights being turned off while Tiffany and the progressives hope unicorns come to fix things.

    You lost. City wins.

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  8. dazed and confused says:

    The results of this election in Petaluma have me completely dumbfounded. The two brightest candidates and the only ones with real ability and desire to help improve the town coming in 5th and 6th. And Tiffany Renee who lost almost all of her support from the progressives is in fourth place. It now appears that she would have easily won re-election had she not alienated her supporters

    Come to think of it, with all of the really detrimental people that Petaluma voters have elected to office over the years, this election outcome makes perfect sense, from one point of view. It appears that most Petaluma voters are completely incompetent or they just don’t care. No wonder this hick town has gone to the dogs.

    If you’re too stupid to fix problems then you deserve to suffer the consequences. I welcome an avalanche of thumbs down.

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