Daily Archives: November 9, 2009

Vancil concedes to Scales in North Ward City Council race

Councilwoman Debbie Vancil conceded to challenger Bob Scales on Monday.

Vancil’s announcement came after an updated vote total released this Monday afternoon showed Vancil almost three percentage points behind Scales.

“It was my hope that I would be able to continue working with you all to complete the changes we initiated last May, and put the needed structures in place to secure a responsive and accountable small town, community-led government,” she said in a statement to supporters. “Even though the close results of my race will not allow me to continue with you in this effort, I know it will happen.”

Scales’ narrow lead over Vancil has held steady since Tuesday, when initial results were released.

With only 200 ballots left to count in the county on Monday evening, Scales had 50.9 percent of the island’s vote to Vancil’s 48.3 percent.

Scales said he expects “a totally different dynamic” on the council when he and the other election leaders – Debbi Lester and Kirsten Hytopoulos – are sworn in at the start of next year.

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Ex-city manager takes off the gloves

In a candid interview just before he left the city, ex-city manager Mark Dombroski called out the City Council and a small group of islanders he says are causing the the divisiveness and indecisiveness that permeates City Hall.

“I’ve lost faith with the ability this council,” he said. “They’ve created an environment that’s not conducive to a good trusting relationship with myself and staff.”

Read more of Dombroski’s “exit interview” here.