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John HartGerard Tassone is interviewed at KNCO radio Tuesday evening in Grass Valley.
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Two incumbents have won re-election to four-year terms on the Grass Valley City Council.

Gerard Tassone, a 50-year-old consultant who was first elected in 1988, and Patti Ingram, a 51-year-old senior escrow officer with Inter-County Title in the Glenbrook Basin, beat out three challengers Tuesday.

Ingram and Tassone are likely to be sworn in Dec. 10.



Ingram, who is the city’s vice mayor, could also be named mayor that day.

Since the late 1980s, the full City Council has traditionally elevated the vice mayor to mayor.




“I would like to be mayor if they want me to be,” said Ingram from work Wednesday.

Final results could still change as election workers counted absentee and provisional ballots. As of Tuesday, however, Tassone was the top vote-getter, with 15 more votes than Ingram. Lisa Swarthout, 40, chairwoman of the city Planning Commission, finished third.

Thomas Reagan, 45, an emergency medical technician and volunteer firefighter who is a member of the city Parks and Recreation Commission, came in fourth.

Newell Taylor, 35, a plumber and newcomer to city politics who moved here from Berkeley two years ago, finished last.

Taylor said he will remain involved in city politics. “The problems and the issues aren’t going to go away,” he said.

The election results did not surprise him, he added. “I was a new candidate,” he said. “I knew it was going to be a uphill battle.”

Unlike his last race in 1998, Tassone campaigned in neighborhoods, knocking on doors to ask for votes. A lot of people have moved in four years, he said. “It’s important that you get your name back out there.”

He enjoyed it, and was better able to observe traffic patterns as a pedestrian, he said.

Tassone’s strategy to walk the neighborhoods may have worked. Lori Borchers, 37, said she voted for Tassone because he came to her door.

That impressed her, she said.

But her husband, Brian, picked fellow plumber Taylor. “I had to,” he said after he voted at Peace Lutheran Church on West Main Street.

Swarthout, who ran for a seat in 1999, said she will run again.

The other three members of the City Council are Mayor Linda Stevens and DeVere Mautino and Steve Enos.

The mayor earns $300 per month; the other members of the City Council, $275.

Grass Valley City Council

Vote for two

Newell Taylor 480 8.09%

Thomas Reagan 906 15.27%

Lisa Swarthout 963 16.23%

Gerard M. Tassone* 1,795 30.24%

Patti Ingram* 1,780 29.99%


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