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Don Gage Elected Gilroy Mayor; Council Welcomes Newcomer Aulman

Gilroy welcomes Gage, who last served as mayor in 1997.

With over 95 percent of the vote counted, clear winners have emerged in the Gilroy Mayor and Gilroy City Council races.

Don Gage will be the mayor of Gilroy, beating out Gilroy Councilmen Peter Arellano and Dion Bracco by a large margin. With under five percent of the ballots left to count, Gage has taken 54.16 percent of the vote compared to 29.33 percent for Arellano and 16.51 percent for Bracco.

Gage racked up an impressive list of endorsements during his campaign, including Retired Police Chief Gregg Giusiana, past Mayors Al Pinheiro, Mike Gilroy, Roberta Hughan and Sig Sanchez, the League of Conservation Voters, Morgan Hill Mayor Steve Tate and San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed.

This is far from Gage's first time serving Gilroy in an elected position. From 1981-1991 he was on the Gilroy City Council. He was then mayor from 1991-1997 followed by 13 years as Santa Clara County Supervisor and two years with the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Two familiar faces earned re-election on the Gilroy City Council. With 95 percent of ballots counted, Perry Woodward and Cat Tucker appear to be locks to stick around for another term after earning 22.68 percent and 21.18 percent respectively. Tucker and Woodward were both first elected in 2007.

While Gage, Woodward and Tucker are nothing new for Gilroy, one unfamiliar face is set to join the city council. Terri Aulman, who has never run for elected office before, brought in 21.99 percent of the vote with 95 percent of the ballots counted, second only to Woodward.

"I love Gilroy. I moved here to be close to my family and it's the best decision I’ve ever made," Aulman told Patch in July. "I work at the Welcome Center too and I really love that we are really starting to promote this community to the world."

Rebeca Armendariz and Paul Kloecker did not garner enough votes to earn a seat on the council, pulling in 16.37 percent and 17.79 percent respectively.

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Are you happy with the election results? Did your candidate win? Tell us in the comments!

micele@yahoo.com November 08, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Glad to see you back in the drivers seat Don! Hoping the new city council will take a harder look at the infrastructure of Gilroy, before we keep building and adding more people and traffic, for the sake of revenue and tax dollars. Tom Micele, Rancho Hills dr.
Jet Dickinson November 08, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Congratulations Don! We are glad to have you as the Mayor!
author Orrin Woodward November 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Orrin initially followed the lessons of his fourth grade teacher who repeatedly said "When the going gets tough, the tough get going". He took this seriously and applied in his life to gain success and loyalty. The greatest support of his life and the confidence that he attained to fight battles was from his father, a philosopher of life and his mother a fanatical worker. From his fourth grade he followed what he received from his mother’s ethics on work with his father’s thinking complimented with his teachers tough principle. These concepts brought in a true revolution in his life to be what he is now - the master in leadership and personal development.

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