Cavenaugh, McCarthy win big in council race

Jen Cavenaugh and Conna McCarthy were comfortably in front in the race for seats on the Piedmont city council late in the evening on November 3. Cavenaugh, an incumbent, and McCarthy, seeking a first term, appeared certain to win the two seats with about 4,200 ballots counted. According to Piedmont City Clerk, about 7,100 ballots were cast in the city, with the rest to be counted over the next couple of weeks.

Cavenaugh has 3,231 votes in the 11:08 p.m. update put up by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. McCarthy has 2,687. Connie Herrick is in third with 779 votes.

“I’m honored to continue to serve for four more years,” Cavenaugh said. “I’m grateful to Piedmonters that came out to vote this election.”

Said McCarthy, “I’m sitting here with a big smile on my face. I’m really excited.”

Cavenaugh said she is excited to work with McCarthy. She also said she would like to find a role for Herrick in on a city commission.

California cities will be facing budget issues due in part to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates also debated climate change and the city’s role in policing at a League of Women Voters forum in October.

“My focus is on the city ballot measures,” Cavenaugh said, speaking of measures TT and UU (see separate story). “That’s really where I spent my time on this campaign.”

McCarthy is looking forward to the challenges of being on city council.

“I’m thrilled, I’m excited,” she said. “It’s something I’ve worked for for the past several years. I’m excited to work for the mayor and the other members of the city council.

“I think that Piedmont has some challenges in the future that present good opportunities for Piedmont and I look forward to being part of those conversations.”

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