Bette Keehley wins re-election bid in Oakland
Election results are in. Here’s how Oakland city council will look starting in 2019.
Incumbent Mayor Bette Keehley won re-election with 57 percent of the vote. Her challenger, Edward Messmer, received 42.2 percent of the vote, according to unofficial final results released Wednesday morning.
She has served as mayor since 2009. As an Oakland resident since 2005, Keehley was also a city councilor for two years before becoming mayor. Prior to moving to Oakland Keehley ran a motel/mini-mart/cafe for 10 years in California and worked at the Sacramento Superior Court.
“I’m just relieved,” Keehley said about her victory. “I do have somethings I need to finish and I’m glad I’m going to get the opportunity to do that.”
When she resumes her position, she will look to solve problems with the city’s water and wastewater sewer system. Keehley is glad that the city has secured funding to replace the city’s water intake system. She hopes to better communicate the changes that she says will be necessary for the city to make regarding clogged and dysfunctional sewer pipes.
“I really enjoy working with our public works director and our city recorder. We have all three worked very hard on this project,” Keehley said.
She said she was thankful for the support of people in town and saw it as a vote of confidence. She was also glad to see people supporting other candidates because it showed her residents care about the city’s government.
Craig Riley and Janice Wier have been elected city councilors for two at-large positions, defeating Douglas Lee Foust and Terry Knowlton, according to unofficial final results released Wednesday morning.
Riley received 42.5 percent of the vote and Wier received 23.1 percent. Foust and Knowlton received 18.4 and 15.7 percent, respectively.
Riley has served on the council since 2014 and is the current council president. He serves on the Oakland Parks Commission, Oakland Economic Development Board and Oakland Community Resource Team.
He was a commercial roofing contractor for 50 years.
As councilor, Riley will work to address infrastructure problems. He also wants to reduce water rates and secure a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair the city’s water intake system. Riley said the city needs to balance preserving the history of the town while promoting economic growth.
Weir has served on the council since 2010. She is a retired nurse and firefighter who used to live in Riverside County, California.