Final results: RPA sweeps City Council race, Measure L passes
on November 9, 2016
With all 53 precincts reported and each ballot counted, the divisive 2016 Richmond election has drawn to a close.
The city elected two new City Councilmembers in Ben Choi and Melvin Willis, and re-elected another, Jael Myrick. Choi and Willis are members of the Richmond Progressive Alliance. The group now has five members—a majority—on the Council.
Willis and Choi garnered 15 and 13.5 percent of the vote, respectively, leading the field of nine candidates. Myrick collected 12.9 percent.
The three winners edged out Richmond’s longest-serving councilmember, incumbent Nat Bates, who lost his seat by just over 500 votes.
Richmond voters also approved Measure L, instituting rent control and just cause for eviction. Measure L was this election’s flashpoint, the object of raucous debates and an influx of campaign contributions from a real estate industry that strongly opposed it.
Despite the hundreds of thousands spent to defeat it, Measure L passed with 64 percent of the vote.
However, Measure M, a new property transfer tax, did not pass. Seventy percent of voters said ‘No’ to the little-discussed ballot measure.
Voter turnout in Contra Costa County was slightly more than 50 percent, just one percent greater than turnout in 2014.
Full reports to come throughout the day on Wednesday.
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