Wednesday Nov 05 2008
Rocklin finds comfort in incumbents
By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
Hill, Magnuson, Storey re-elected to City Council; Daley, Maben back on board
Rocklin voters have chosen incumbents to continue serving on both Rocklin City Council and Rocklin Unified School District board of trustees, according to “semi-official” results through the Placer County Elections Division. Mayor Brett Story and incumbents Peter Hill and George Magnuson had the top votes for the three open seats on city council, while incumbents Camille Maben and Greg Daley were top choices for Rocklin’s school board. Storey, with 18.28 percent of the votes, joined the Rocklin City Council seven years ago and has served as mayor twice. Hill received 16.76 percent of votes, while Magnuson had 14.9 percent. David Nelson followed closely with 13.38 percent; Ed Rowen had 12.31 percent, Tiffany Wadell with 12.16 percent and trailing with Angela Torrens at 11.82 percent. Storey said his re-election shows the community’s confidence in a balanced approach. People see not only what the council can do, but what it has done, he said. “I’m happy to be back on the council,” Storey said. “I feel very fortunate, very humbled. All three of us have done a lot, outside the council.” Tuesday night Storey watched election results, celebrating with his campaign volunteers and now looks onto some of his goals – to bring in businesses and to continue following the city’s plan. Hill will begin his eighth term on Rocklin’s city council. He said that his experience is what drove people to vote for him during Tuesday’s election. “I think people recognize that. It feels good,” he said. With the economic slump, the results show that some people are hesitant for drastic change, Hill said. “They may not agree with everything,” he said. “It shows that they’re happy.” Magnuson has 17 years of city council experience and will take the third spot. Magnuson was not available for comment at press time. Rocklin’s City Council consists of five members elected at the general election in November of even-numbered years, while the mayor is selected by the city council every November, usually for a one-year term. For Rocklin’s school board seats, two incumbents will continue as well. Maben, with 34.83 percent of votes and Daley with 33.3 percent of votes, will reclaim their seats on the school board. Agostini followed at 31.37 percent of votes. During the election race, Maben announced this would be her final term, after serving as a Rocklin school board member for more than 15 years. For her last term, Maben said she hopes to continue the success the school board has had. “I think we just want to move forward with the work we were doing,” she said. For both incumbents to take the two available seats, Maben said it shows confidence in the board. “The community said ‘you’re on the right track,’” Maben said. “It was a close race.” Daley has been a member of the school board for the last four years and will continue to serve Rocklin. “I’m really happy that they showed confidence in us,” he said. Some of the board’s plans for the next four years include building new schools, to continue updating curriculums and setting high standards and goals for students, Daley said. The Rocklin Unified School District board of trustees consists of five members, with half of the members elected in each even-numbered year, serving a four-year term. According to the Placer County Elections division, the reported figures are considered semi-official because of an estimated 18,000 to 22,000 Placer County ballots remaining to be counted. Once counted, these ballots could add another 9 to 11 percent to the final turnout figures. The law allows 28 days after the election to complete the ballot tally and the official audit of the election, known as the canvass. Once the canvass is completed, the official results are certified.