By Barbara Wood
Special to the Almanac
Elizabeth Lewis swept to a second term on Atherton's City Council on Tuesday, winning 1,690 votes, with the second council seat going to newcomer Cary Wiest with 1,209 votes.
Greg Conlon had 1,002 votes, and Denise Kupperman, 828 votes.
Ms. Lewis and Mr. Wiest had both been endorsed by the Atherton Police Officers Association, which campaigned on their behalf.
Ms. Kupperman may have been hurt by her association with another ballot choice facing Atherton voters: whether on not to put a new library in Holbrook-Palmer Park. She led the committee that had, after years of public meetings and study, recommended a new library be put in the park.
Measure F, asking if a library should be built in Holbrook-Palmer Park, went down to resounding defeat on Tuesday, with nearly 69 percent of voters saying they did not want the library in the park. Ms. Kupperman actually garnered about 50 votes fewer than Measure F did.
Ms. Lewis said the election showed that voters "want their voices to be heard. She said she believed that the election of Mr. Wiest would help to form a "collaborative council."
Colleen Anderson, a supporter of Ms. Lewis, said: "This is awesome. This is so well-deserved." Ms. Anderson said she thinks that "Atherton needs change. I think Elizabeth will bring balance to the town."
Mr. Wiest, Ms. Anderson said, will also serve the town well because as a relative newcomer, "he doesn't owe anyone any favors."
At Ms. Kupperman's home the mood was bit more somber on election night. "I just feel very sad," she said. "It seems like people were responding to this fear of losing their police force."
Political mailers and recorded phone calls from the police officers association had warned Atherton residents that their police force could be outsourced, along with the message that the APOA supported candidates Ms. Lewis and Mr. Wiest.
However, none of the candidates said they support outsourcing Atherton's police force.
Ms. Kupperman said that she plans to become more involved with projects outside Atherton town government, including expanding the volunteer work she already does at Redwood High School, where she works with students on their garden and environmental issues.
"I'll be involved in my community," she said.
Turnout in Atherton for the election was about 60 percent, with 3,064 of the town's 5,052 registered voters casting a ballot.