HAYWARD — Julie Roche and George Syrop look set to secure the two open seats on Hayward City Council, with the bulk of the vote now counted.

Syrop was a not a leader in the race going into this week, but he had steadily been reducing his deficit since Election Night and surged in front of Dan Goldstein on Thursday.

As of Friday night, he had collected 8,143 votes, or 16.32%. Goldstein had received 7,217 votes, or 14.46%.

Julie Roche, a planning commissioner since 2009, led the race throughout counting. She had received 11,816 votes, or 23.68% as of Friday.

Roche and Goldstein were the only candidates with previous city government experience.

Syrop campaigned as a renter in his home city. Goldstein has been on the city’s planning commission since 2015 and was previously on its general plan task force. He said via email Thursday night that he doesn’t plan to ask for a recount.

Eight candidates were on the ballot clamoring for two spots.

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Sherman Lewis, a professor emeritus at Cal State University East Bay, remained fourth in the tally, 686 votes behind Goldstein. He had collected 13.09% of the vote.

Trailing were Tom Ferreira (10.15%), Amal Issa (9.78%), Sunita Rupan (6.75%) and Michael Lema (5.78%).

According to the Alameda County registrar’s office, all 100% of the county’s precincts have reported. The election is expected to be certified on Dec. 8.

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Source:: The Mercury News


Roche and Syrop headed for election to Hayward City Council

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