The Last Call

What a night: the Dems took back the House (and maybe the Senate), Janet Wolf won the 2nd District seat, Bill Brown unseated Sheriff Jim Anderson, Measure D failed, and many other surprises. This web editor is getting tired, so this will be the final post of the evening. For results and analysis, see the prior posts. And for a full version of the night’s events, be sure to check out The Independent‘s print edition when it hits the streets on Thursday. It’ll be jam-packed with photos, more poignant analysis, and comments from Election Day 2006’s winners and losers

But before we go, let’s have this final report from SOhO, where Ethan Stewart has been attending what’s probably best called “the Victory Party.” Here’s what Ethan had to say:

I was down at the Endless Summer when Dr. Dan Secord ceded the 2nd District County Supervisor race to Janet Wolf. He said it was an uphill battle and that he was too qualified not to run. He thanked his family and friends, but didn’t say anything specific about Janet. He ended the entire speech by saying, ‘I think we all need a beer.’ He then walked up to the bar and ordered the last free beer of the night. There was still food left at the time, including tasty chicken sticks and the Endless Summer’s ubiquitous popcorn.

Then I moved up to SOhO, where Janet Wolf just gave her ‘I Won’ speech, but she was classically cautious and reserved even though Dan Secord had already ceded. There is no food left here. At the exact same moment that Janet was giving her speech, the big screen showed that the Democrats took the Missouri Senate race. It was double down cheers as Janet stood onstage with Lois Capps and Pedro Nava and all the crew. There is still, at 10:30 p.m., about 200 people here, and it’s a very young crowd, lots of Isla Vista people. Even Lois Capps specifically thanked the IV vote. There’s a big board that’s tracking all the Congressional races, so everyone is feeling it.

As for Measure D, there’s talk about people being bummed, but most seem to have accepted before today that there wasn’t enough votes to get the two-thirds majority to win.

In news unrelated to this party, I called Bob Noel, who looks like he’s taking home first prize in the school board race. He told me that he hadn’t been paying attention all night. He went out to dinner with his family and then he was watching a movie. I told him he won, and he started laughing and said, ‘I’ll be! I guess I should be celebrating!’”

And this just in from Martha Sadler, who was driving away from the party at Zodos for new Goleta City Councilmembers Michael Bennett and Eric Onnen: “There are still an estimated 500 absentee ballots still out from people who turned them in today, and PUEBLO walked precincts for Roger Aceves and Margaret Connell this weekend. Which is to say that Aceves could still bump Cynthia Brock from third place and win a spot on the Goleta City Council.

In his victory speech, Michael Bennett said the first thing he was going to do was to remove ‘Cynthia Brock’s butterfly’ from the city seal. Apparently, Bennett, who was elected Goleta’s first mayor when cityhood did not pass, is dismayed that the many contributions from the community to design the seal were rejected in favor of a graphic artist. Onnen greeted Bennett as the ‘first mayor of Goleta.’ As well, Bennett and Onnen said that they were going to redo the general plan. Given that the first speaker after the two new councilmembers was the head of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce, it’s a good bet that there will be growth in Goleta’s future.”

Alright Indy readers, that’s all for tonight. Tune in tomorrow to for more fun stuff, like our CD of the day, a restaurant review, and other web updates. Thanks for reading along with us tonight, and we hope we’ve helped keep you better informed. Please let us know how we can be more help for next election. Goodbye!

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