V is for Vaus VictorySteve Vaus secures the Poway Mayorship with a historic margin of victory.
Never in Poway's history has a mayoral challenger defeat an incumbent by such a huge margin. (~9%) A truly clear victory that sends a major message about the need for new leadership with fresh ideas about how to make Poway an even better place for the residents and businesses. It should be interesting to see how Powegians appreciate having access to a mayor who is actually present at the Council meetings.
The official swearing in ceremony for Mayor Vaus will occur on December 16th at the Poway City Council Chambers. Get there by 6PM to ensure you have a seat.
Parsing the City Council RaceDave Grosch is clearly one of the most popular and effective Poway City Council members in history. He turned out a considerable victory over all challengers with the other incumbent candidate, John Mullin, coming in a distant 2nd place. When you look examine the number in detail, it looks like Grosch secured the vote of a whopping 91% of voters in this portion of the race. There was likely a lot of bullet voting going on for Grosch and a sizable Grosch/Olps vote pairs.
What does this mean for Mullin? Mullin's prime focus is on promoting developer issues before the council. Does this mean his base of support is too narrow for the future? Hard to tell. He likely did not run a strong campaign this time around as incumbent's seats are generally secure and Olps was not able to mount a strong challenge. That said, the results here imply that the Mullin seat is the most vulnerable to a challenge in 4 years, so best to watch that spot.