Branstrom concedes in Grass Valley city council race | TheUnion.com

Branstrom concedes in Grass Valley city council race

The Union staff

Grass Valley city council candidates Ben Aguilar (from left) Bob Branstrom, and Hilary Hodge answered questions from the media and the community during a League of Women's Voters Forum last month.

Bob Branstrom, a candidate for the Grass Valley City Council, announced Thursday morning that he has conceded the race to Ben Aguilar and Hilary Hodge. The three candidates were seeking to fill two positions during the November 2018 election.

Aguilar received 1,401 votes and Hodge received 1,561, while Branstrom trailed with 967.

"Enough votes have been counted that it is clear the lead Ben and Hilary have established would be very unlikely to be overcome," Branstrom said in a press release. "I have called both of the other candidates to offer my congratulations. I know that they both care as much about Grass Valley as I do and will work hard to make Grass Valley a better place for those who live and work here."

One of Branstrom's campaign themes was more public participation in local government. He will continue to be involved in our local community and encourages others to do the same.

"The wheels of government often turn slowly, but they do turn," he said. "Our local city council has demonstrated that they will listen and act to make improvements for Grass Valley."

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