December 22, 2009
Though the council's only Republican, Dale Francisco (right), came up short in his mayoral bid, he's joined on the council by conservatives Michael Self (center) and Frank Hotchkiss (not pictured). Though the three fell short of a voting majority, they will enjoy a degree of leverage that conservatives haven't held at City Hall in quite some time, since many key decisions require a 5-2 majority.
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