The crowd roared with yippees and yahoos when the first Napa election results were announced at 8:02 p.m. Tuesday:
First-time city council Scott Sedgley had taken the lead, and his supporters who gathered at the Native Sons of Golden West hall in downtown Napa were ecstatic.
“We’re up by about 600 votes,” Sedgley said grinning from ear to ear. “Man, this is just what we wanted to see.”
As subsequent results were released, Sedgley's lead was confirmed. The night's final unoffical results showed him with more than 20 percent of the vote:Vote Count Percent SCOTT SEDGLEY 6,354 22.68% ALFREDO PEDROZA 5,720 20.42% DORIS GENTRY 5,093 18.18% JIM KRIDER 4,926 17.58% ALEX PADER 2,521 9.00% WILLIAM LEE BOPF 1,999 7.14% CHARLIE ROSE 1,401 5.00% (Source: Napa County Elections)
Sedgley praised his committee and supporters. “We ran a grassroots campaign,” he said.
Running for political office “is a ton of work," he admitted. "I’m glad it’s over, but it has been one heck of a ride.”
Susie Jobe and her husband Dennis have been friends with Sedgley and his wife Linda for nearly three decades.
Susie was among the excited crowd rooting for Sedgley.
“Oh my gosh this is so exciting. Everyone is charged up. I am so happy for Scott. I know him and how much he gives to his community.”
Sedgley supporters weren’t the only excited voters who mingled downtown making the rounds from one election night parties to the other.
The usual quiet weeknight streets of downtown Napa came alive. People passed one another, smiling and nodding their heads.
“This is almost as exciting as the Giants winning the World Series,” Holly Cook of Napa said. “I just love all of the hoopla and seeing old friends and the food is just so yummy.”
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