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Ruslin takes council seat, joins Yuill; incumbents back on school board

By: Lauren Gibbs, The Placer Herald
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Rocklin voters have chosen incumbents for seats on both Rocklin City Council and Rocklin Unified School District Board of Trustees, as well as newcomer Diana Ruslin to join the council. The results are semi-official released by the Placer County Office of Elections as of 12:12 a.m. Wednesday morning. Mayor Scott Yuill will serve another term – Yuill secured the top votes with 25.26 percent of the votes. Diana Ruslin followed with 20.51 percent of the votes. In the school board race, current president Wendy Lang led the votes with 24.84 percent, followed by Todd Lowell with 22.62 percent and Steve Paul at 21.67 percent of the votes. Tuesday afternoon Ruslin said she was trying to relax and not think too much about the race. “I’ve done everything I can at this point,” she said. “I’m feeling positive, but them again we’ll see.” Ruslin spent approximately two and a half months of campaigning – going door to door to introduce herself and hopefully secure votes. Ruslin said she visited more than 10,000 homes in Rocklin. “I’m hoping that makes a difference,” she said Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning, Ruslin said said she was feeling good about the results. She also commended the work of all of the council candidates. “We all stepped up because of Rocklin and how much we care about our community,” Ruslin said. “We all worked really hard.” Ruslin said she’s also ready to join the council and help move Rocklin forward. “I’m thrilled, I’m so looking forward to stepping into the role and I’m ready to go,” she said. Yuill, who joined the council in 2006 and currently serves as mayor, said he was pleased at the election process. He said because he ran against seven other candidates, it rased the level of discussion for candidates. “I’m certainly pleased to be re-elected,” Yuill said Wednesday morning. “I look forward to some significant changes.” Yuill said he also encourages people to attend council meetings. Candidate Greg Janda came in a close third in the city council race – Janda came in only 377 votes behind Ruslin. Rocklin’s City Council consists of five members with two or three members elected at the general election in November of even-numbered years. The mayor is selected by the city council, usually for a one-year term. In the school board race, the three incumbents were chosen by voters to serve another term. Lowell said he celebrated last night with family and some of his daughter’s friends who are taking economics classes. Lowell said he, as well as the two other incumbents, were faced with challenges, but voters showed their support. “I’m very happy with the results,” Lowell said Wednesday morning. Lowell was elected to the board in 2002; in December, Lowell will begin his third term. Paul said he was also happy with the election outcome. “I’m very, very excited about the results. The three of us being re-elected tells me that the city of Rocklin really is happy with our schools and happy with our leadership,” Paul said Wednesday morning. “To keep our team in place is going to benefit our kids and our schools.” Paul has served on the board for two terms. Lang said she was flattered to be re-elected. “I’m very excited and very honored to be able to continue the work that our board has been doing for the last four years; just to continue to help our schools’ progress,” she said Wednesday morning. Lang joined the board four years ago. The Rocklin Unified School District board of trustees consists of five members, with either three or two 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 15,000 to 20,000 Placer County ballots remaining to be counted. Once counted, these ballots could add another 7.5 to 10 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. For more coverage of county- and state-wide elections, go to placerherald.com.