By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Ronn Hall
November 5, 2014 (Santee) -- Santee City Council members John Minto and Rob McNelis have won reelection with 26.02% and 22.79% of the vote respectively with 100% of precincts counted. But the biggest vote getter was Ronn Hall, who drew 27.39% of the vote to fill a vacant seat on the Council. Hall, an insurance broker, is past President and a current board member of the Santee Chamber of Commerce, with strong name recognition in the community.
Challengers Maggie Acerra and Keshav Damoor, who ran on reform platforms, drew 15.44% and 8.32% of the vote.
Unlike some local cities that are built out, Santee weathered tough economic times with a sound budget due in part to new development including a sports complex that created new property tax revenues. The fate of remaining undeveloped lands in the city was a key campaign issue, with pending projects including Fanita Ranch, a proposed theater complex, and land around the Carlton Hills Golf Course that recently sold.
Acerra had called for greater transparency and public input on key issues, while Keshav advocated for policies to help mobile home park owners and the poor.