The Turlock City Council will meet Tuesday, Dec. 9 to swear in Mayor-elect Gary Soiseth, Councilmember-elect Matthew Jacob and reelected Councilmember Bill DeHart.
Soiseth, in a landslide election, won the race for Mayor receiving 8,374 votes, for a total of 60.93 percent, beating his opponent over 20 percentage points according to final certified results from the Stanislaus County Elections Office.
“I'm looking forward to honoring the 100 Day Commitment I made during the campaign,” said Soiseth in an email. “This Commitment begins with a discussion about a strategic plan for the upcoming years, carrying out a line-by-line analysis of current budget priorities, focusing on reliable water and road solutions, and establishing clear visions for our police and fire departments.”
"I'm excited to lead this dynamic group of council-members. We vary in backgrounds and experiences and as a result, I envision council discussions to be healthy and comprehensive. I continue to be dedicated to creating an environment that is open, transparent, and collaborative,” concluded Soiseth.
In the race for the two open Council seats, Jacob won as top vote-getter with 7,066 votes, for a total of 29.30 percent, followed by incumbent DeHart who won 6,351 votes for a total of 26.34 percent, taking the other open seat.
Jacob expressed his anticipation to take office and goals for his term.
“I am excited to take my seat on December 9th,” said Jacob. “It will be great to have friends and family there that supported me throughout the campaign so that they can see their efforts come to fruition.”
“It marks just the beginning of my work at City Hall to fulfill my duty to the voters that entrusted me with this opportunity to serve our community.”
Jacob also expressed his excitement to work with the incoming Mayor and evaluate the City of Turlock budget.
“I am looking forward to working closely with Mayor Soiseth in his 100 day plan to critically evaluate our budget and identify inefficiencies,” said Jacob. “I believe my constituents expect nothing less from me than to be an advocate that protects their hard earned tax dollars. As I stated throughout my campaign and will continue to echo post-election, I truly believe Turlock's best days are ahead.”
DeHart, embarking on his second term, will be the second most tenured member of the new Council, as he was first elected in 2010; Councilmember Amy Bublak is the longest sitting, elected in 2008.
“I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to continue my service to the people of Turlock,” said DeHart. “I welcome Gary Soiseth and Matthew Jacob to the Council and look forward to working with both as we address and achieve resolution on several thorny issues: water, public safety, new business development and the condition of our roads.”
“This will require the full attention and creative consideration of all involved! I am ready to continue to work to resolve these concerns.”
The swearing in of new members will occur at the 6 p.m. start of the meeting after Turlock City Clerk, Kellie Weaver, reads finalized election results. The new council will take their seats and will vote on items in the new agenda.
Proceeding the oaths of office and Council Meeting, there will be a public reception honoring incoming and outgoing Turlock City Councilmembers from 5 p.m to 6 p.m.
Turlock City Council will meet Dec. 9 at 6:00 p.m at City Hall, 156 S. Broadway, in the Yosemite Room.