MV voters throw out incumbent council members

In a repudiation of the current city council’s direction, Mountain View residents last week voted out incumbent Mayor Lenny Siegel and fellow Councilwoman Pat Showalter, while electing three newcomers to the council.

As of Monday, Ellen Kamei, Lucas Ramirez and Alison Hicks were the top vote-getters, respectively, for the three open spots on the seven-seat council, with Showalter and Siegel finishing behind them.

Mountain View’s ‘head tax’ measure passes; Incumbents...ousted by new council members

With all precincts reporting, the candidates who won council seats were challengers Ellen Kamei, who led everyone with 19.20 percent of the vote, followed by Alison Hicks with 17.7 percent and Lucas Ramirez with 17.67 percent. Pat Showalter came in fourth with 17.23 percent, followed by Siegel with 15.59 percent and former Councilman John Inks with 12.54 percent.

Challengers set to oust incumbents in tight City Council race

In a shake-up, a trio of challengers appear to have edged out the incumbents in the Mountain View City Council race. As of the vote tally Wednesday morning, Ellen Kamei, Alison Hicks and Lucas Ramirez emerged as the top vote recipients for three seats, with Councilwoman Pat Showalter close behind.

Six square off in heated City Council race

Three seats on the City Council, currently held by Mayor Lenny Siegel and council members Pat Showalter and Ken Rosenberg, are on this November's ballot. Siegel and Showalter are both running for re-election while Rosenberg decided against seeking a second term.

The candidates challenging them are former two-term council member John Inks, planning commissioners Ellen Kamei and Lucas Ramirez, and retired city planner Alison Hicks.

Mountain View: Housing, pace of development top priorities in council race

With the Mountain View City Council on track to make land use decisions that will affect the pace and the amount of development in the city for years to come, the candidates vying to represent residents all consider housing a top priority.

Six candidates vie for three seats on the Mountain View City Council

Ellen Kamei is a six-year planning commissioner and district director for state Assemblyman Marc Berman. She said wants to serve on council to encourage housing and work on transportation programs that would get people out of their cars. Kamei received early endorsements from the police and fire unions, who both promised her endorsements after she lost her last City Council campaign.

Kamei said she wants to increase variety of the city’s housing stock by building micro-units and creating a subsidized down payment program for middle-income residents wishing to buy homes for the first time.

Housing crisis hangs over council race

Echoing a theme of her campaign, Kamei touted building more housing priced for the "missing middle," those earning too much to qualify for affordable housing but not enough to buy a home. A recent Bay Area housing assessment reported that Mountain View had built zero homes fitting this income category, she said.

Who is running for City Council? A city by city breakdown

Mountain View

In Mountain View, incumbents Lenny Siegel and Pat Showalter are running for re-election while Ken Rosenberg is not. So far, planning commissioners Lucas Ramirez and Ellen Kamei have said they are running. Former Mayor John Inks and slow-growth advocate Alison Hicks are also running.