Schneider, Williams and Barnwell take City Council seats

The certified final numbers for the Santa Barbara City Council race are in, with no real surprises. As projected, Helene Schneider took first place, followed by Das Williams and Brian Barnwell. The three incumbents are going through training this month, said Mayor Marty Blum. They will take office Jan. 6.

An analysis of the precincts showed that Schneider had steady support all over town. Williams had his strongest showings in the Eastside and Westside neighborhoods, which have not historically had strong voter turnout. Barnwell had the strongest appeal in the areas dominated by homeowners, the Mesa, San Roque and Rivera in particular.

Write-in candidate Bruce Rittenhouse’s final vote tally was 2,638, placing him seventh behind incumbent council members Schneider’s 8,597; Williams’ 8,169; and Barnwell’s 7,955 votes; and well as fourth place finisher Babatunde Folayemi’s 6,933 votes; Scott Burns’ 6,622; and Michael Magne’s 6,557. Rittenhouse ended up ahead of Carlos Quintero’s 1,337 votes; Bob Hansen’s 1,011; and Robert Cawley’s 721 votes.

Originally published in South Coast Beacon on December 4, 2003.

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