By Robert Haugh
Mayor Lisa Gillmor was outspent by millions of dollars and still won re-election.
The 49ers targeted Gillmor and spent an unprecedented amount of money in a Santa Clara election to beat her. They spent over $4.5 million and failed big time.
As of Wednesday’s official tally, Gillmor led by 696 votes.
Gillmor had 14,199 votes and her challenger Councilman Anthony Becker had 13,503, a 51.3% to 48.7% victory.
Gillmor released a statement late yesterday as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News.
“I thank Santa Clarans who gave me their vote and sent a message that our city is not for sale. I am proud of our residents and hopeful about our future,” wrote Gillmor.
“But we can’t expect that by turning back a multi-million dollar negative campaign, everything will suddenly be positive … or the public interest will magically be served.
“We must remain steadfast if we want a City Council free from corruption and a city hall that operates transparently and ethically.”
Coincidentally, the City Council met last night to discuss the City’s response to the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury’s October report.
That report concluded that Becker and his colleagues “put the 49ers’ interest ahead of the city’s interests” and may have violated laws.
The 49ers also spent big money in the San Jose mayor’s race and lost.
The team spent $700,000 to support Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez who lost and conceded yesterday.