Garcia, Roccucci, Gore win Roseville City Council race

With most votes, Garcia will become mayor in two years
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Semi-official election results: (as of 10:30 p.m. election night)

Percentage/total votes

Roseville City Council (three seats)

Carol Garcia: 20.28%/17,181

Pauline Roccucci: 19.74%/16,728

Bonnie Gore: 18.74%/15,876

Phil Ozenick: 16.91%/14,327

Scott Alvord: 14.82%/12,557

Tracy Mendonsa: 5.15%/4,364

John Schwartz: 4.15%/3,518

Roseville City Council candidates’ campaign spending

Expenditures through Oct. 25

  • Carol Garcia: $68,165
  • Bonnie Gore: $30,785
  • Pauline Roccucci: $19,848
  • Scott Alvord: $18,450
  • Phil Ozenick: $15,640
  • Tracy Mendonsa: $3,664
  • John Schwartz: No report filed

Source: Roseville Clerk’s Office

The three female candidates for Roseville City Council came away with the most votes, according to semi-official election results posted Tuesday.

Councilwoman Carol Garcia garnered the most votes at 20.28 percent and will become Roseville’s mayor in two years. Roccucci is a close second at 19.74 percent of the vote and Gore ended up at 18.74 percent.

Seven candidates ran for a spot on the council and 84,723 Roseville residents cast their vote in the race. The final, official election results will be completed within 28 days.

These three winners are also the top-three campaign spenders, with Garcia dolling out the most at $68,165 as reported through Oct. 25 — outspending her nearest competition, Gore, by nearly $40,000 (see sidebar). This election’s expenditure limit is $96,108 and final spending reports are due Dec. 31.

Garcia was first appointed to the City Council in 2007 to fill a vacancy and was re-elected in 2008.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the endorsements and support I’ve received over the last nine months,” Garcia said at her campaign party at Sammy’s Rockin’ Island Bar and Grill. “I want to continue to serve the residents and businesses of Roseville.”

Twenty-five of Garcia’s supporters volunteered their time Tuesday morning to hold her campaign signs at five busy intersections.

Meanwhile, Gore celebrated with supporters at Original Pete’s Pizza. Gore, who works in public affairs for Kaiser Permanente and serves as a Roseville Transportation Commissioner, garnered the endorsements of several high-profile residents who actively campaigned on her behalf.

“Wow, I might actually become a council member,” Gore said around 9 p.m. “I’ve had tremendous support and all sorts of people helping me. … I wouldn’t have gotten to this point without everyone’s help and I think that will result in a positive outcome.”

Some of Gore’s and Garcia’s supporters were also responsible for mailers attacking candidate Phil Ozenick, who received 16.91 percent of the vote. The literature disputes claims made by Ozenick.

Ozenick, a former councilman and county supervisor, used his candidacy to try again to gather enough signatures on a petition to cap salary of management/confidential and council-appointed employees. The initiative effort fell short of the 9,229 signatures of registered voters needed by Oct. 29, according to Roseville City Clerk Sonia Orozco.

Ozenick’s citizen watchdog group Friends of Roseville previously attempted to qualify the ballot initiative in November 2011. Ozenick was joined by supporters Tuesday night at Riverside Pizzeria. He could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Roseville native Roccucci chose to celebrate at home with several relatives and supporters. She has served 13 years total on the council. Her first gig as mayor began in 1989 and she resumed the position in 2010.

“I’m going to get one of the positions so that’s good,” Roccucci said shortly after 8:30 p.m. “That’s all I can ask for. I’m very, very thankful to the people who went out and voted and put me in this position.”

Candidate Scott Alvord earned 14.82 percent of the vote. The owner of A Dash of Panache on Vernon Street serves as president of the Downtown Roseville Merchants Association. He vowed to bring a small business owner’s perspective to the council. He joined supporters for an election night party at The Station.

“I’ll feel really good (win or lose),” Alvord said. “I did everything I could and I feel like I was honest in my campaign and my team worked really hard.”

Candidate Tracy Mendonsa garnered 5.15 percent of the vote. Mendonsa, who works as a regulatory compliance analyst, spent Tuesday night with his family at home after canvassing neighborhoods until 5:30 p.m. in an effort to finish strong.

“I’ll continue to do what I’ve been doing - being a voice for people, and if there are other opportunities to be of service, I’ll do that. I want to be a contributing part of our community.”

Candidate John Schwartz, who retired from Hewlett Packard this summer, also spent the evening at home, watching election results. Schwartz received 4.15 percent of the votes. He chose not to spend any money on his campaign.

“The people who look like they’ll be elected are very well-qualified,” Schwartz said Tuesday night. “I give my full service to them and offer whatever support I can to keep Roseville the best city in northern California.”

The new council members will begin their four-year term Dec. 11. Councilman John Allard has served two consecutive four-year terms and will be termed out of office. Council members get $600 a month and the mayor receives $650.