Republican incumbent Assemblymember Catharine Baker was in danger of losing her seat to Democratic challenger Rebecca Bauer-Kahan as vote counting in the Nov. 6 election continued into this week.

Baker’s margin as of Monday evening , November 12 was 526 votes over Bauer-Kahan, down from 627 posted earlier in the day on the California Secretary of State’s website.

In Baker’s run in 2016, she had nearly 56% of the vote, beating Democrat Cheryl Cook-Kallio of Pleasanton by 27,000 votes.

No estimate was available about how many votes remain to be counted in the district.

15th District Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell of Dublin won nearly 72% of the vote against Republican Rudy Peters of Livermore.

Livermore voters resoundingly defeated Measure U with a “no” vote of 82%. The measure promised to put a cap on charges from Livermore health practitioners. The SEIU/Health Care Workers Union is trying to organize Stanford Medical System in Livermore, according to the No on U Committee. “No on U”, which was speaking for Livermore health care providers, including Stanford, said the proposition was the union’s way of putting pressure on Stanford to come to the bargaining table.

“No on U” said the initiative would drive much of the medical community out of Livermore, and cost city government $1.9 million a year to monitor and enforce. Livermore Mayor John Marchand and the City Council opposed it.

The union replied that what it saw as the expected overcharges would be sufficient to pay for enforcement. Furthermore, there would not be as much enforcement cost as the opponents claimed. Charges above 15% of costs would be refunded to the payers, said the union. The opponents said that meant chiefly insurance companies or self-insured people who can afford the insurance would benefit, but many patients would not be eligible for refunds.

The “No on U” campaign issued a statement about the election result. “By soundly defeating Measure U, the people of Livermore have protected local health care providers’ ability to deliver high quality health care. We want to thank the Livermore City Council and the countless medical professionals, and other community members who came together to help fight this ill-conceived measure. We look forward to a bright future for health care in Livermore.”

The union said, “To protect their enormous profits, Stanford Health Care and other healthcare corporations committed more than $5.3 million to defeat Measures F (a similar initiative in Palo Alto) and U. That would be the equivalent of spending hundreds of millions on a statewide ballot measure. They did it to scare and mislead voters in Palo Alto and Livermore.”

“We’re proud to expose the excessive pricing by Stanford Health Care and other healthcare corporations who are taking advantage of patients and driving up healthcare costs for everyone,” said the union.

LOCAL RACES BRING NEW FACES

In contests for local offices, nearly all incumbents were re-elected, and a few newcomers replaced some who retired.

In Livermore, Marchand easily defeated challenger Josh Laine by a 3-1 margin.

Vice-mayor Bob Woerner was re-elected, and Trish Munro won the council spot to replace the retiring Steven Spedowfski.

Munro said her priorities as a newcomer will be “to move to implement the Livermore Downtown Plan so that Livermore residents and visitors alike can enjoy Stockmen’s Park and the other amenities the plan offers.”

“I am particularly interested in building a culture of civic engagement and connection throughout the city. As we head toward district elections, having strong bonds across districts will enable us all be Livermore residents first.”

Another Livermore newcomer is school trustee-elect Emily Prusso. She finished in third place, behind incumbents Craig Bueno and Anne White, displacing incumbent Kate Runyon.

Prusso said she wants to promote policies such as “growth mindset” for students. According to Prusso, this encourages using test retakes and homework do-overs as tools to advance their learning. She noted that’s some teachers in Livermore are already doing this.

She continued, “I hope to be able to keep a line of communication between the board and families open and transparent. I am also excited to be able to see the follow-through of the Measure J funds with all of the school improvements.”

In Pleasanton, Mayor Jerry Thorne was unopposed, but four candidates ran for two council seats. Incumbent Kathy Narum led the field. Longtime community activist Julie Testa was elected to replace the retiring Arne Olson.

Testa said that a priority for her will be the Downtown Specific Plan, where there might be proposals for more density than “the community feels comfortable with.”

Another priority is to make voters aware of state and regional threats to local planning control, and give political pushback.

Close cooperation between the city and school district is necessary, so that more schools are built. “Building more schools is important, because they do more than educate kids— they provide the fields and gyms for the community. They keep families from being split up between schools, and they lessen traffic.”

In Dublin, Jean Josey and Shawn Kumagai finished on top to replace retiring six-year incumbent Abe Gupta and appointed incumbent Janine Thalblum, who did not run.

Bobby Khullar, currently in third place, 380 votes behind Kumagai, said he has not given up hope that he might pass Kumagai for the second spot. Khullar is coming in 1.69% behind Kumagai, so he believes he might make it, and has not conceded

Khullar commented that the Democratic Party endorsements for Josey and Kumagai made a difference in the standings. Khullar, a Democrat, said he also sought the endorsement, but the party told him it wanted to endorse only two candidates for two seats. The Sierra Club endorsed Khullar.

Kumagai stated, “My priorities are to address the pace of development, collaborate with the school board, and address traffic issues, particularly around school sites.”

Josey said that her priorities are to “reopen the East Dublin and Downtown specific plans, making sure that zoning is in the place it should be.” The spaces around school sites and their traffic flow are high on her list. In addition, the Council needs to make sure that the city staff has the best resources and policies to attract businesses and retail stores.

Dublin Mayor David Haubert was leading Councilmember Arun Goel with 60% of the vote, but Goel had not yet conceded as of last weekend. Goel said that his vote had trended upward by 4% by the second update, rising to about 40%. He was hopeful that there may be more movement for him. Goel said that a 10% boost for himself would mean a 10% drop for Haubert, which would put them dead even.

In the first area school races in Dublin history, incumbent Dan Cherrier won by a 2-1 margin in area 5 over challenger Dominick Piegaro. In area 2, incumbent Megan Rouse received 75% of the vote compared to challenger Erin Herrera.

In other contests, Ward 5 EBRPD director Ayn Wieskamp of Livermore won the seat with 82% of the vote against Dev Gandhi.

In the Dublin San Ramon Services District (DSRSD), which straddles Alameda and Contra Costa counties, Ann Marie Johnson and incumbent Georgean Vonheeder-Leopold prevailed.

Election Results

(I - incumbent)

Measure U

Yes ........................................ 5,596

No .....................................    26,104

Dublin Mayor

Dave Haubert (I) .................  8,785

Arun Goel ............................ 6,114

Dublin City Council (2 elected)

Jean Josey ...........................  8057

Shawn Kumagai .....................5247

Bobby Khullar .....................   4965

Jing Firmeza .......................   4595

Shawn Costello ..................... 2060

Livermore Mayor

John Marchand (I) ............ 21,192

Joshua Laine ......................6,207

Livermore City Council

(2 elected)

Bob Woerner (I) .................  14,266

Trish Munro ......................... 9,676

Neal Pann ............................8,890

Brent Siler ...........................7,842

Rosmary Bartsch ................. 6,316

Pleasanton City Council

(2 elected)

Kathy Narum (I) ................. 13,676

Julie Testa ......................... 10,516

Joe Streng ........................... 8,568

Joseph Ledoux ...................   7,932

Livermore School Board

(3 elected)

Craig Bueno (I) .....................14,567

Anne White (I) ..................... 12,665

Emily Prusso .......................  11,717

Dave Vonheeder ..................  10,237

Kate Runyon (I) ..................... 9,254

Chung Bothwell .................      5,460

Dublin School Board

Area 2

Megan Rouse ......................     2340

Erin Herrera ............................ 742

Area 5

Dan Cherrier ........................ 1768

Dominick Piegaro .................. 866

East Bay Regional Park District, Ward 5

Ayn Wieskamp (I) ............... 78,757

Dev Gandhi ........................ 16,408

16th Assembly District

Catharine Baker (I) ..............83,813

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan ......    83,474

15th Congressional District

Eric Swalwell (I) ................ 141,491

Rudy Peters ......................  54,387