Harvey, Delfino, Barkle win Colfax City Council seats

Mayor loses race
By: Tom Durkin
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It just might go down as the most boring city council election in Colfax history. The five candidates hardly campaigned at all and there appeared to be a remarkably low level of voter interest. With 100 percent of the precincts (all two of them) reporting, Steve Harvey, Ken Delfino and Donna Barkle were elected to the Colfax City Council Tuesday night. Harvey and Delfino won election to four-year terms. Barkle was elected to a two-year term. Four candidates competed for the two four-year seats. Harvey came in first with 28.3 percent of the vote. Delfino placed second with 27.6 percent. The two losing candidates were Ben Roberts with 22.3 percent and Mayor Sherrie Blackmun, who lost her bid for re-election with 21.3 percent of the vote. Barkle, who ran unopposed, got 96.5 percent of the vote, with the balance going to 12 write-in votes. Notified by the Record he had won late Tuesday night, Delfino said, “I’m ready to start working tomorrow.” Delfino was appointed this summer to finish the term of Councilwoman Sharon Gieras, who resigned in late June. Now that he’s been elected to a full term, Delfino said he feels confident in pursuing his vision of promoting Colfax’s railroad heritage and making Colfax the “gem of Placer County.” Delfino said he was happy that Harvey was elected, saying that Harvey’s engineering experience would be an asset to the council. Harvey could not be reached for comment as of press time. “I’m real pleased,” Barkle said, adding she had actively encouraged Harvey and Delfino to run for election. “I threatened Ken with his life if he didn’t run,” she joked. Barkle said she was looking forward to working with a “like-minded council,” including current council members Suzanne Roberts and Josh Alpine. Although they might not always agree on every issue, Barkle acknowledged the council members are in general agreement they must focus on building the city’s tax base, developing the I-80 corridor, and “getting Colfax moved into the 21st century.” Also elected to office was Melba Delfino (the wife of Councilman Delfino), who will serve as Colfax City Treasurer. Like Barkle, Melba Delfino ran unopposed. In two other races of local interest, the Placer County Clerk-Recorder “semi-official” results showed incumbent Placer County Water Agency District 5 Director Otis Wollan edging out challenger Ben Mavy by just 52 votes out of 16,585 ballots cast. In the District 5 Placer County Board of Supervisors race, challenger Jennifer Montgomery decisively defeated Supervisor Bruce Kranz 55 percent to 45 percent. The results are still subject to final verification by the clerk-recorder’s office.