San Ramon Elects a New Mayor

Small business owner Bill Clarkson beats out Carol Rowley.

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011  |  Updated 6:38 AM PDT
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San Ramon Elects a New Mayor

San Ramon's new mayor Bill Clarkson.

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Voters in San Ramon Tuesday chose two newcomers as the city's new mayor and city council member, as well as one incumbent to fill another vacant council seat.

Small business owner Bill Clarkson, 59, defeated Carol Rowley, an educator who has worked as a teacher and principal at Country Club Elementary School. She has been on the San Ramon City Council for eight years.

Clarkson emphasized bringing new ideas and a fresh vision to the city's leadership during his campaign, and in his candidate statement, said "city government should spend more time talking with residents than it currently does."

He received 57 percent of the vote compared to Rowley's 42 percent, according to complete unofficial election figures.

Another newcomer, medical director Phil O'Loane, 53, won a San Ramon City Council seat with 33 percent of the vote. In his candidate statement, the longtime San Ramon resident said he would prioritize public safety if elected.

San Ramon City Councilman Scott Perkins, the only incumbent in the race, secured his spot on the council with 38.5 percent voter support Tuesday. Currently serving his eighth year on the council, Perkins emphasized his background as a financial manager with experience overseeing budgets up
to $130 million.

O'Loane and Clarkson won out over current San Ramon Mayor H. Abram Wilson, who has served as mayor since 2002 and on the City Council since 1999.

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