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June 11, 2008 > Hayward voters elect women candidates as front runners

Hayward voters elect women candidates as front runners

By Jennifer Falcon

Winners for the Hayward City Council seats were led by two women. Incumbent Barbara Halliday kept her seat for another four years leading the race with 7,263 votes. Newcomer to Politics Anna May won the 2 year seat with 6,826 votes besting Steve Bristow with 4,650 votes.

The third time seems to be a charm for Chabot teacher and local Hayward business owner Francisco Zermeno. After two failed candidacies in 2004 and 1998, he won the council seat that will be vacated when Council Member Bill Ward retires.

Fellow incumbents Bill Quirk and Olden Henson retained their seats on the council, Quirk with 6,226 votes and Henson following with 5,840 votes. Quirk and Halliday both were originally elected to their seats in 2004. "Bill and I came into office at the same time, it's a bond that has helped us work together" Halliday said of her fellow incumbent. Henson has been on the city council for 14 years.

Linda Bennett, Marvin Peixoto and Rob Simpson were unsuccessful in their attempts to sit on the council. Anna May and Zermeno will be taking the oath of office on July 8, 2008.

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