Councilwoman Karyl Matsumoto, Councilmen Mark Addiego and Pradeep Gupta were joined by Liza Normandy to secure four open seats on the South San Francisco City Council in the crowded race.
With 59.1 percent of the vote, Matsumoto, 70, won the two-year council seat against Collin Post and Carlos Martin, according to semi-official election results from the San Mateo County Elections Office. The four-year seats will be held by Addiego, who received 20.4 percent of the vote; Normandy, who received 17.6 percent of the vote; and Gupta, who received 15.5 percent of the vote.
Maurice Goodman came right behind Gupta with 12.7 percent of the vote and Rick Ochsenhirt followed with 10.9 percent of the vote. Others running for the four-year seat included William (Bill) Lock, John Harry Prouty and Kate MacKay. Both Normandy and Goodman serve on the South San Francisco Unified School District Board of Trustees.
Appointed incumbent Gupta opted out of running for his two-year seat created by Kevin Mullin’s election to the Assembly and sought one of three four-year seats. Back in September, Matsumoto temporarily suspended her campaign as a result of personal and political issues all coming to a head at one time. The following week, at a League of Women Voters debate, Matsumoto announced she was back in the race.
Gupta, 70, said he was ecstatic with the results. Going into office, he said he wants to make sure the streets are safe and enjoyable for everyone.
“I want there to be a good amount of open areas and would like to have very good well-defined programs for job development,” he said. “I want to look at long-term strategic plans to make South San Francisco a destination.”
Matsumoto said she was surprised she won with such a large margin.
“I’m really gratified and pleased people have voted me back in to let me finish work,” she said. “There are major challenges ahead with the new city manager and I’m anxious to go to work.”
Addiego, 58, has lived in South San Francisco for 48 years and was a councilman from 1980-1989 and from 2005 to present.
“I’m very pleased citizens would have me again,” Addiego said. “There were a lot of good candidates to choose from and I’m very grateful.”
With a large number of those in city management leaving recently, including the city manager, Addiego’s top priority for the next five or six months is going to be focusing on rebuilding the team at City Hall.
He is also looking forward to working with Normandy.
“It will be good to have another woman at the table,” he said. “She is young and is raising children and brings a different perspective.”
Normandy, 40, said she is excited and was ready to crack open the champagne last night.
“My first order of business is to become familiar with everything and transition off the school board,” she said. “I have someone in mind as a potential candidate for appointment.”
City Clerk Krista Martinelli and Treasurer Frank Risso ran uncontested.
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