McCon­nell, Williams re­act to re­sults

City Coun­cil mem­ber happy with cam­paign de­spite fall­ing to Han­ni­gan

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Freed­man rfreed­[email protected]­al­don­ @rich­freed­man­vth on Twit­ter

Though Erin Han­ni­gan eas­ily won her third term as Dis­trict 1 Solano County Su­per­vi­sor seat, chal­lenger Robert McCon­nell re­mained pos­i­tive Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“We got the mes­sage out,” said the sec­ond-term Vallejo City Coun­cil

mem­ber. “We tried to get peo­ple in­ter­ested in lo­cal pol­i­tics. A lot of peo­ple don’t think lo­cal pol­i­tics is as im­por­tant as national or state but it re­ally is. A lot of things are im­pacted by city and county gov­ern­ment and peo­ple need to start be­com­ing aware of it.”

Han­ni­gan se­cured 8,173 votes to McCon­nell’s 5,444 — or 60.02 per­cent to 39.98 per­cent.

“The num­bers are what the num­bers are,” McCon­nell said. “They speak for them­selves.”

McCon­nell said he “wasn’t pay­ing a lot of at­ten­tion” to the re­sults Tues­day night when he joined sup­port­ers at Red Man’s Hall in down­town Vallejo.

“The idea was to en­joy the peo­ple, meet with friends and bask in the fact we all worked very hard to get our mes­sage out,” McCon­nell said. “The vot­ers made their de­ci­sion and

we’re go­ing with it. It’s not the end of the world. There are a lot of things to do.”

One of those things, ap­par­ently, is not run­ning for Vallejo mayor in Novem­ber.

“Nope. There’s no rea­son to,” McCon­nell said. “I’ll just fin­ish off my term on coun­cil. Be­tween coun­cil and the plan­ning com­mis­sion, I’ve de­voted 17 years to the city of Vallejo.”

McCon­nell added that his wife, Paula, “might have her hus­band back” af­ter the months of door-todoor cam­paign­ing while be­ing a coun­cil mem­ber and run­ning two busi­nesses.

“It’s not like we’ve had a lot of time to our­selves,”

McCon­nell said.

McCon­nell said his de­ci­sion to shoot for Han­ni­gan’s seat was the right move.

“I needed to run for su­per­vi­sor be­cause I don’t like what the county was do­ing,” McCon­nell said. “They didn’t treat Vallejo as well as it should be treated. Vallejo needs a very strong voice in Fair­field (the county seat). Oth­er­wise we’ll get run over as we have for years.”

He said there are no re­grets.

“I think we prob­a­bly did more than the best we could. We cov­ered the dis­trict well and knocked on at least 4,500 doors.”

McCon­nell called Han­ni­gan “an en­trenched force” in the county.

“The unions ral­lied around her,” he said.

McCon­nell said he was sur­prised how much he ended up en­joy­ing walk­ing precincts.

“You get to meet peo­ple … peo­ple you might not have ever come in con­tact with,” he said. “I got into it and en­joyed it. And I lost weight.”

If noth­ing else, he learned that “I re­ally en­joy talk­ing to peo­ple, much more so than I did be­fore.”

While cam­paign­ing, McCon­nell heard the com­plaints — mostly about Vallejo’s roads. which he hopes to con­front in his time left as an elected of­fi­cial.

“Ev­ery­body hates the roads,” McCon­nell said, promis­ing to fo­cus on “putting more money into our streets than ever be­fore. As I walked, I heard how an­gry peo­ple are about the con­di­tion of their roads. I’d like to dou­ble what we’ve done. I don’t feel the city is do­ing enough. I have to ad­mit, there are some lousy streets, par­tic­u­larly in the less wealthy ar­eas of town. It’s some­thing the city re­ally needs to de­cide if it’s a pri­or­ity.”


Ravi Shankar takes a photo of Solano County Su­per­vi­sor can­di­date Robert McCon­nell and for­mer Vallejo school trustee Rus­cal Cayangyang at Tues­day night’s gath­er­ing at Red­men’s Hall.

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