P.G. Mayor loses in landslide to councilman
Published: November 9, 2012
PACIFIC GROVE City Councilman Bill Kampe
overwhelmingly defeated incumbent Mayor Carmelita Garcia in
Tuesday’s election, while a Naval Postgraduate School professor
won a council seat and two incumbents were reelected.
Kampe’s crushing victory landed him more than 71 percent of the
vote, receiving 3,731 votes to Garcia’s 1,494, according to
semi-official results released by the Monterey County elections
Kampe, who was pleased with the results, said there was a
message behind the upset.
“I think the voters were saying they wanted to see something
different happening, that they want to see a change in the way
we do business as a council,” Kampe told The Pine Cone
Kampe thanked his supporters and urged them to stay involved in
the three biggest issues facing the city — the high cost of
public pensions, water supply and business vitality.
“I look forward to representing everybody and making progress
on the issues we have in front of us,” he said. “Continued
support from citizens is important.”
Garcia was elected to the Pacific Grove City Council in 2008.
In September 2009, upon the resignation of Dan Cort, she was
appointed mayor on a coin toss against Kampe after the council
couldn’t come up with the four required votes to select a mayor.
She ran unopposed and was reelected mayor in 2010.
Garcia did not return phone and email messages left by The Pine
Professor wins seat
NPS professor Casey Lucius, who has lived in Pacific Grove for
four-and-a-half-years, received 3,746 votes, the biggest number
in the council race, which had four other candidates.
Lucius, 36, also the youngest person to be elected to the council in a long time, thanked residents for their monetary donations, putting up “Casey for Council” signs in their yard and general show of support.
“It was really touching to have so much support,” Lucius told
The Pine Cone, “and to know so many people were backing me.”
Incumbent councilmen Dan Miller and Robert Huitt were
reelected. Miller received 2,300 votes, and Huitt got 3,072.
“I’m glad the people of Pacific Grove have entrusted me to
represent their interests for another four years,” Miller said.
Huitt said he’s looking forward to continuing to work on the
city’s “tough issues.”
“I’m of course very pleased with the outcome,” Huitt said. “I’m
very grateful for the show of support from the public.”
Council candidates Mary Norton and Bob Pacelli fell short but
received a surprisingly strong show of support, with Norton
getting 1,909 votes and Pacelli, a filmmaker and monarch
butterfly enthusiast, getting 1,637.