Jay Yerkes wins Vacaville's treasurer post
Nov 07, 2012 (The Reporter - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The two candidates running for Vacaville's city treasurer ran relatively quiet campaigns this election season, but a clear winner cruised to an early lead on Election Night.
Financial planner and former Vacaville Unified School District Board Trustee Jay Yerkes sailed ahead early in the evening and maintained that lead throughout the night. At 11:30 p.m., with 14 of 39 precincts reporting, Yerkes received 10,634 votes, or 73 percent.
Realtor Brett Johnson, who ran on a platform that the position should be appointed rather than elected, significantly trailed behind Yerkes. Johnson received 3,875 votes or 27 percent.
Yerkes who didn't return phone calls before press time was the first to throw his name in for consideration to be treasurer.
"I saw an opportunity to continue as a public servant to this beloved hometown in a capacity that utilized my financial expertise," he said earlier this fall.
He was banking on his experience to be elected.
With eight years on the local school board, and with a 16-year position as a financial "guru" managing millions of dollars, Yerkes said he believed he was the only candidate appropriately qualified for the treasurer position.
Johnson also did not return phone calls before press time.
Early in the campaign season, Johnson said he wanted to save the city money by appointing the relatively unneeded treasurer position. He said a stipend of $40 is more appropriate for the work done and it would benefit the community if the city treasurer was appointed by the City Council, eliminating costs of an election.
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