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Fred Keeley, Scott Newsome and Renee Golder won their Santa Cruz City Council races. (Kara Meyberg Guzman — Santa Cruz Local file)

Santa Cruz City Council, Mayor (vote for 1)

Candidate   Total
JOY SCHENDLEDECKER   6645 (28.81%)
FRED KEELEY   16215 (70.3%)

Santa Cruz City Council, District 4 (vote for 1)

Candidate   Total
SCOTT NEWSOME   1710 (50.32%)
BODIE SHARGEL   248 (7.3%)
HECTOR MARIN   1180 (34.73%)
GREGORY A HYVER   240 (7.06%)

Santa Cruz City Council, District 6 (vote for 1)

Candidate   Total
SEAN MAXWELL   1616 (41.56%)
RENEE GOLDER   2246 (57.77%)

SANTA CRUZ >> Fred Keeley, Scott Newsome and Renee Golder won their Santa Cruz City Council races, according to official election results posted Dec. 6.

Prior to the Nov. 8 election, Santa Cruz Local interviewed and surveyed 140 City of Santa Cruz residents about what issues they wanted the candidates to address.

Voters’ top priorities were:

  • A need for affordable housing development.
  • A desire for solutions to homelessness.

Here is where the top vote getters stand on the issues, based on our interviews with the candidates.

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Fred Keeley, candidate for Santa Cruz Mayor

Fred Keeley (Contributed)

  • Fred Keeley said Santa Cruz policy makers have “largely failed” at approving housing for people with “very low” and “low” incomes. Keeley supports the council’s plan to expand Downtown and develop the neighborhood south of Laurel Street. He believes the city has the political will to build more than 1,000 housing units there, with a “significant portion” of those units as affordable.
  • To address homelessness, Keeley wants to create a city ballot initiative to create more homeless shelters, a navigation center, affordable housing and permanent supportive housing.
  • Read more about Keeley in Santa Cruz Local’s Election Guide.

Scott Newsome, District 4 Santa Cruz City Council candidate

Scott Newsome (Contributed)

  • Scott Newsome said he supports building more market-rate and affordable housing in Santa Cruz. “In relation to building above shops in particular areas, I see some positives to those types of projects. However, the community will need to weigh in on those types of projects. And they will need to go through several steps in the housing process,” Newsome said.
  • To address homelessness, Newsome said he doesn’t have any specific policies he would push for. He said he thinks the current council “has done a good job of working collaboratively” to address homelessness.
  • Read more about Newsome in Santa Cruz Local’s Election Guide. The District 4 council member is elected by voters in Beach Flats, Downtown, part of the Upper Westside east of Bay Street and south of High Street, and areas along Mission Street generally east of Laurent Street. View a district map.

Renee Golder, District 6 Santa Cruz City Council candidate

Renee Golder (Contributed)

  • Renee Golder said she supports building more housing at all income levels, including market-rate housing. She said many Santa Cruz residents make too much money to meet the state’s income limits for affordable housing.
  • Golder said she supports the council’s current homelessness response to increase the capacity of managed shelters and adopt laws to limit overnight parking and camping. Golder also supports the CAHOOTS model for non-police response to mental health crises.
  • Read more about Golder in Santa Cruz Local’s Election Guide. The District 6 council member is elected by voters who live in areas south of Mission Street and west of Younglove Avenue and Columbia Street; areas along Western Drive; and a western part of the UC Santa Cruz main campus. View a district map.

Read Santa Cruz Local’s Election Guide on the Santa Cruz City Council to learn about:

  • Council members’ roles and responsibilities.
  • The new district boundaries and format for council elections.
  • Candidates’ profiles and voting records.

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Kara Meyberg Guzman is the CEO and co-founder of Santa Cruz Local. ​Prior to Santa Cruz Local, she served as the Santa Cruz Sentinel’s managing editor. She has a biology degree from Stanford University and lives in Santa Cruz.