Final vote shows Potter had big win
Published: November 30, 2012
ON WEDNESDAY, Monterey County 5th
District Supervisor Dave Potter got official word of what
everybody already knew: He soundly beat challenger Marc Del
Piero. The final margin of victory, announced Wednesday, was 55
to 45 percent — a lead that grew steadily as absentee and
provisional ballots were counted in the weeks following election
The two men ran a hotly contested campaign — Potter trying to
retain the seat he’s held for 16 years and Del Piero, who served
three county supervisor terms beginning in the 1980s, hungry to
As the weeks went by since the Nov. 6 election day, Del Piero
wouldn’t concede, saying he was waiting for all the votes to be
counted. But even with the final tally in, Potter said Del Piero
hadn’t conceded or offered a congratulatory phone call.
“I have not heard from Marc,” Potter told The Pine Cone.
The final tally showed the vote totals were 22,013 for Potter
and 18,106 for Del Piero.
“We are obviously pleased,” Potter said. “I’m glad to see we
still have an overwhelming vote of confidence from residents of
During his campaign, Del Piero said he was in favor of
“transparency” and “truthfulness” and promised to end what he
called Potter’s “secret, back-room deals.”
Potter this week addressed his opponent’s campaign strategy.
“I’m glad to see that once again we have reaffirmed the fact
that voters in the 5th District don’t appreciate negative
campaigning,” he said. “We ran a clean campaign and we stayed
with the facts and stayed positive.”
Del Piero got a colossal cash boost from the North Salinas
Valley Fund for Responsible Growth, a environmental group which
gave a total of $132,500 to his campaign in an effort to unseat
Potter. The money came from a lawsuit against Monterey County
over a development project called Butterfly Village.
“Big money doesn’t buy an election,” Potter said.
Potter said for his next term, he’ll continue to focus on 5th
District issues, including those involving the Fort Ord Reuse
Authority and helping secure a new water supply project for the
“It’s one of the most unusual districts in the state of California,” Potter said. “And I’m very, very proud and honored to serve.”