Eric Reed and Charles Stone will be the two fresh faces to sit alongside incumbent Warren Lieberman on the Belmont City Council, the city’s voters decided yesterday.
With 21.2 percent of the vote, Reed was the highest vote-getter, according to semi-official results from the San Mateo County Elections Office. Reed said he felt honored to be voted onto the council and that it was a reward after narrowly losing by 11 votes to current Belmont Mayor Christine Wozniak two years ago.
This was the first time Charles Stone ran for an elected office and he came in second place with 19.7 percent of the votes.
“I’m very grateful for the grassroots support I received from friends, family and community members … I’m humbled by the many shoulders I stood on to get me here,” Stone said.
Lieberman, a seasoned councilman in comparison to his new counterparts, will begin his third term on the council without his longtime colleagues Coralin Feierbach and Dave Warden. Warden was elected to the Mid-Peninsula Water District Board of Directors last night.
Reed and Stone ran clean campaigns and stuck to positive messages, Leiberman said.
“It looks like the citizens of Belmont have said they want change, they want a positive change and they want a lot more out of the council than they’ve been getting,” Leiberman said.
There were three open seats and Planning Commissioner Kristin Mercer came in fourth place with 16.7 percent of the votes.
“It is what it is,” Mercer said.
Gladwyn d’Souza came in fifth with 13.8 percent and Mike Verdone came in sixth with 9.9 percent of the vote.
Reed spent five years on the city’s Planning Commission and wants to focus on the city’s development. The city could benefit from further economic development downtown and along the El Camino Real corridor, Reed said. His main priority, however, is to bring civility back to government, Reed said.
Along with Leiberman and Stone, he hopes to provide Belmont with a City Council that works collaboratively and with the interests of the citizens in the forefront of their minds, Reed said.
Stone took note of the Crystal Springs Upland School fiasco and wants to work on fixing and maintaining a positive relationship with the school districts.
“This is a very exciting time for the city. I believe that the next council will be in a wonderful position to do many many good things for the city,” Leiberman said.
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