Posted by Jack Hickey, a resident of the Woodside: Emerald Hills neighborhood, on Nov 8, 2012 at 11:34 am
This is what I sent to Sandy:
Sandy, when I saw the results, of course I was disappointed. I had
anticipated at worst, a repeat of the 2008 results,
Member; Sequoia Healthcare District (2 Elected)
Kathleen M. "Katie" Kane .......... 34,766 votes 28.0%
Kim Griffin .......... 30,922 votes 24.9%
John J. "Jack" Hickey .......... 30,378 votes 24.4%
Malcolm "Nappy" MacNaughton .......... 28,188 votes 22.7%
What I overlooked, was the dillution of the incumbents vote with three
"pro district" candidates running for two seats. Kim and Katie's totals would had have averaged 46,938 if Nappy's totals were included. That's more than 50% higher than my tally. That was a serious mistake which led to overconfidence.
Clearly, the union support of Katie and Kim played a major role in the
vote then and now.
And, the impact of the ~$100,000/year PR effort promoting the District and majority directors, culminating in the pre-election mailing of an 11" x 17" 4 page, full color campaign flyer claiming to be a Report to the Community, was a factor. A similar mailing in 2008 also impacted that election.
I am pursuing PRA requests to determine the facts behind these mailings, which, in my opinion, were clearly intended to influence the outcome of the election.
With the current vote count, my tally has improved from 1.54/1 in 2008, to 1.32/1 today. I expect that to improve when all the votes are counted. I am grateful to those who supported my dissolution effort, and invite them to join me in pursuing that goal.
Information obtained from my PRA requests will be considered in
determining the future direction of my efforts.