Han­ni­gan wins a 3rd term

Brown cling­ing to lead for Dis­trict 2 con­test

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By John Glid­den jglid­den@timesher­al­don­line.com @glid24 on Twit­ter

Erin Han­ni­gan be­lieves her dad is proud of her work on the Solano County Board of Su­per­vi­sors.

The in­cum­bent su­per­vi­sor coasted to a third term Tues­day night with a com­mand­ing 60.02 per­cent of the vote against Vallejo City Coun­cilmem­ber Robert McCon­nell.

“He was such a role model for me,” Han­ni­gan said by phone, while be­com­ing emo­tional, when asked if she ded­i­cated her lat­est cam­paign in her dad’s honor.

Tom Han­ni­gan, a for­mer assem­bly­man with 18 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in state pol­i­tics, died in Oc­to­ber 2018.

Erin Han­ni­gan re­called a time when her father sug­gested he would stop pro­vid­ing her with ad­vice about lo­cal pol­i­tics.

“I re­mem­ber what I told him: ‘Don’t you ever do that,’” she said with a laugh.

Faced with the city of Vallejo’s term lim­its for coun­cilors, McCon­nell, who has served on the coun­cil since 2011, charged for­ward chal­leng­ing Han­ni­gan for the Dis­trict 1 seat.

McCon­nell re­ceived 39.98 per­cent of the vote. That num­ber may in­crease as there were 1,134 Dis­trict 1 pro­vi­sional bal­lots and 9,800 vote-by-mail bal­lots coun­ty­wide left to be counted.

Un­der elec­tion rules, when a can­di­date re­ceives 50 per­cent plus one of the votes cast they are de­clared the win­ner and are sworn into of­fice fol­low­ing the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Novem­ber gen­eral elec­tion re­sults.

If no can­di­date re­ceives a ma­jor­ity of the votes cast then the top-two vote-get­ters move on to the gen­eral elec­tion in Novem­ber.

Han­ni­gan touted her work get­ting the First 5 Cen­ter opened in Vallejo.

“The cen­ter is sav­ing lives. A par­ent that needs sup­port can stop by or a par­ent can bring

their child to help im­prove their men­tal health,” she said. “Open­ing the cen­ter — this is the work I do. It en­er­gizes me.”

Han­ni­gan fur­ther said she is proud of her track record on the board and feels her cam­paign ran a pos­i­tive cam­paign.

“I think the vot­ers see I walk the talk,” Han­ni­gan said Tues­day night when asked why the vot­ers ap­pear to have sent her back to the board for a third term.

It was fes­tive at­mos­phere Tues­day night as Han­ni­gan’s cam­paign cel­e­brated at the home of Michael and Peter Wil­son.

Cheers erupted when the first re­sults of the night, from vote-by-mail vot­ers, put Han­ni­gan at a com­fort­able 61 per­cent lead. That lead dropped slightly as bal­lots from 26 precincts were counted.

“Good job, su­per­vi­sor,” said Michael Wil­son as he hugged Han­ni­gan, shortly af­ter he an­nounced re­sults to about 65 peo­ple as­sem­bled for a cam­paign party. Wil­son, a for­mer Vallejo City Coun­cilmem­ber, serves as one of Han­ni­gan’s board aides.

“Com­mu­nity means every­thing to me,” Han­ni­gan said shortly af­ter re­sults were an­nounced Tues­day. “I take my job very se­ri­ously.”

Han­ni­gan quickly thanked her team af­ter the first round of re­sults showed her with a com­mand­ing lead.

Mean­while, Su­per­vi­sor Monica Brown said she was “cau­tiously op­ti­mistic,” Tues­day night as she clung to a 51.04 per­cent lead over busi­ness­women Rochelle Sher­lock (25.43 per­cent), and K. Pa­trice Williams (23.53 per­cent), for the Dis­trict 2 seat, ac­cord­ing to the ROV web­site.

“The vote per­cent­age has been go­ing in the right di­rec­tion all night,” Brown said by phone. “I’m keep­ing my fin­gers crossed. I just want 50 per­cent plus 1; I don’t want a run-off in Novem­ber.”

Dis­trict 2 in­cludes the city of Beni­cia, por­tions of Fair­field, Mare Is­land, and all of Vallejo lo­cated south of Ge­or­gia Street.

A to­tal of 17,238 votes had been counted as of 3 a.m. Wed­nes­day, with all 39 precincts re­port­ing.

Reached for com­ment Wed­nes­day, Sher­lock said she was “proud of every­thing we ac­com­plished.”

“We ran a strong and hon­est cam­paign, brought new ideas to the table, and hope­fully raised the bar for what we should all ex­pect from our elect­eds,” she added. “My friends have been amaz­ing with their sup­port, and I’ve met so many new friends on this jour­ney… and it’s been an honor to have earned the vote of so many peo­ple.

“Re­gard­less of the out­come, I’ll con­tinue do­ing the work I’ve al­ways done to im­prove our com­mu­ni­ties and im­prove the lives of peo­ple who live here,” she said. “And I look for­ward to work­ing along­side oth­ers to ad­dress com­mu­nity is­sues.”

Jon Ri­ley, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Napa and Solano Coun­ties Cen­tral La­bor Coun­cil, said Tues­day night that he was “hold­ing out for hope” to see Williams climb out of third place.

“I ex­pect to see some changes in the vote as bal­lots are counted over the next few days,” he said. “She ran a great cam­paign — I’m very proud of her.”

The la­bor coun­cil en­dorsed Han­ni­gan and Williams in their re­spec­tive con­tests.

CHRIS RI­LEY — TIMES-HER­ALD

Su­per­vi­sor Erin Han­ni­gan talks with sup­port­ers as she claims vic­tory, keep­ing her Dis­trict 1seat on Tues­day in Vallejo.

CHRIS RI­LEY — TIMES-HER­ALD

Su­per­vi­sor Erin Han­ni­gan talks with Tom Bar­tee as she claims vic­tory, keep­ing her dis­tict 1 seat on Tues­day in Vallejo.

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