Vote Results

In the Ward 5 special election to replace Marc Elrich on the Takoma Park City Council, the People’s Choice is Reuben Snipper.

The city website reports the unofficial tally as:

Alexandra Quéré Barrionuevo – 23 Votes

Eric Hensal – 72 Votes

Reuben Snipper – 107 Votes

Write-In – 1 Vote

Results to be Certified by the City Council on January 31, 200

This was the first use of the instant runoff system, but it apparently didn’t kick in, as Mr. Snipper got the majority of votes.

A big thanks to Alexandra Quéré Barrionuevo and Eric Hensal for participating. As readers could see from the interviews here on granolapark (see previous posts), each had well thought out, passionate positions on the issues. We citizens are grateful for these neighbors who stuck their necks out and said they were willing to take on difficult, time-sapping, mostly-thankless job of city councilmember. If they are smart, Mr. Hensal and Ms Barrionuevo are feeling just a tiny bit relived.

– Gilbert

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Gilbert is the pseudonym of a hard-bitten, hard-drinking, long-time Takoma Park resident who maintains the granolapark blog. Gilbert and William L. Brown — Granola Park's mild-mannered chief of staff, researcher, and drink pourer — have never been seen in the same place at the same time.

1 Comment on "Vote Results"

  1. Turnout was up in the ward over the turnout in the mayoral race in 2005, which shows the value of having a competitive council race. Confirming the ward’s support for instant runoff voting, a survey we did showed overwhelming support for using instant runoff voting – nearly 90% want to keep it being used for city elections, and a solid majority wants it for national elections. FairVote will post the full survey results soon at http://www.fairvote.lorg

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