Unofficial city results have Coss winning with 58 percent of the vote, District 2 City Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger trouncing challenger Stefanie Beninato, and District 1 Councilor Chris Calvert holding onto his seat with ease with 57 perent of the vote compared with Russe
ll Simon’s 28. 6 and Doug Nava 13.6.
Down at the Conven
tion Center, Mayor Coss took the stage at about 8:30, after an introduction by Lt. Governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish. Coss gave a brief but encompassing speech to the room, noting his gratitude and humility. Following his speech, Coss told SFR that the campaign had been “energizing, but I still need a vacation.” His win, he then said, “is a confirmation that the city is united, the city is progressive and that it recognizes hard work.”
Councilor Rebecca Wurzburger, who was under attack for most of the campaign from her challenger, told SFR her third election had been her hardest, in large part because of the “nature of the public debate,” noting that her previous challengers had been more civil (Wurzburger’s last challenger, Marilyn Bane, worked on her campaign). Wurzburger said she would have liked to have won by 95 percent, “but I’m grateful to get what I got
Mayor Coss' victory speech:
Former City Manager Asenath Kepler's concession speech: