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Denny Concedes Race, Thanks Supporters, Following Defeat by Tanaka

The councilwoman, despite aggressive campaign, fell to incumbent mayor; she received fewer votes in the mayoral race than she did in her council win in 2009.

Councilwoman Barbara Denny has thanked her supporters in a message on her campaign website, vowing to continue to work with residents and others at City Hall despite her failed attempt to become mayor.

She noted that her campaign “played by the rules” and was “upbeat” though “unpleasantness was visited upon us daily.”

In reflecting upon the race, soon after it was clear he had far outpaced Denny, incumbent Casey Tanaka saw it differently, noting that he felt he sometimes had to respond to accusations leveled by his council colleague in her second run for mayor.

Denny maintained that the city could be headed to financial trouble, despite running a surplus last year, and that residents could face higher taxes as a result. She also hammered Tanaka and fellow council members on redevelopment debts and building issues, while suggesting she was more in tune with residents than they were.

Tanaka made a subtle shift in the last days of the campaign, answering Denny's accusations rather than sticking to the list of accomplishments he'd recited during the first few Coronado candidate forums. 

“I won't say it was deliberate, but I felt more comfortable rebutting her points head on,” he said.

Voters rejected Denny's plank soundly. In early returns Tuesday, Tanaka logged roughly 70 percent of the vote to Denny's 30 percent and the trend never wavered.

As of Thursday, Tanaka had received 4,374 votes to Denny's 1,895.

That's fewer votes than the 2,046 she received to be elected to the City Council three years ago. More than 1,500 people voted for her in her 2008 mayoral run.

Denny's concession message, in total, reads:

 “Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all our friends and supporters.

Each of you were vital to our professional campaign.  We worked hard, told the truth, played by the rules, and conducted an upbeat campaign of true Coronado style and substance. 

Even though unpleasantness was visited upon us daily, I'm proud of all of you for conducting yourselves with integrity and good humor. I'm better for knowing you and working with you.

I look forward to continuing to serve as your Councilwoman working with residents, small business owners, city council, city staff and others to keep Coronado Coronado and ensure a healthy financial future for ourselves and future generations.”

Machiavelli November 09, 2012 at 08:55 PM
"There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had the actual experience of it."
El Chico November 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Not satisfied with Mr Tanaka's re-relection, Patch would seem to want to disenfrachise Ms Denny based on vote totals from prior elections. All that can be said is that Coronadans chose to retain the incumbent. Rest assured, Ms Denny retains a mandate from her prior election to Council for another two years, and she will remain our best, hardest working and most accessible city council member. She provides a valuable voice of reason on council and has been proven right on many issues. Patch should be ashamed to bash Ms Denny and her effort for offering Coronado a clearly different choice instead of undemocratic acclamation for Mr Tanaka.
Tony Powell November 09, 2012 at 10:10 PM
What caused me to mistrust Barbara Denny is her deliberate mischaracterization of the TRAFFIC study as a "tunnel study." The tunnel was one of five or six options being assessed, and due to her hoodwinking the residents of Coronado, a study which would have cost us nothing to complete is now useless. This may well come back to haunt us the next time the state feels compelled to tell us what's best for us in regard to traffic.
El Chico November 09, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Powell - get real - The "traffic study" was being largely done by Parsons Brinckerhoff - the builders of the massively overbudget "big dig" killer TUNNEL in Boston. What do you suppose their principal proposal was - a TUNNEL! That 'study' went over 10 years and more than 12 million dollars with no funding found, not a single car taken off the street and no Navy buy-in. It would have been an economic, environmental and safety disaster. The council brought out Prop H with the ballot measure wording "traffic study" trying to head off Ms Denny and supporters. Both sides made their arguments in that 2010 campaign and 2/3 of Coronadans wanted the waste stopped. The non-tunnel options didn't go away, but they could not be worthwhile either otherwise they could have recommended something after 10 years!. Don't kid yourself, the TUNNEL COMMISSION (that was the name of the responsible commission) was hoping for a big sugar daddy to pay for a tunnel...after ten years it just wasn't happening, but the consulting bills still kept coming in. The stacks of binders of the "traffic study" are still in the Library - most of it is about a TUNNEL. If they had spent those ten years and $12million on a non-tunnel solution, we might have had gotten some ideas...but as Mr Tanaka himself says - there is no "magic bullet". Don't blame Ms Denny for stopping that wasteful "study", because at least now we have a "Traffic Commission" not a "TUNNEL" Commision" looking at real solutions.

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