Shaffer, Jacob leading in Sebastopol race
By BOB NORBERG
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 9:09 p.m.
In an election that could reshape the makeup of the Sebastopol City Council, the top vote-getters in a race for two seats are Councilwoman Kathleen Shaffer and medical marijuana dispensary founder Robert Jaco
The two are on opposite sides of the fence on the controversial CVS Pharmacy-Chase Bank branch plan, which passed on a 3-2 council vote. Shaffer supported it, as did Mayor Guy Wilson, who did not seek re-election.
Jacob, who has opposed the CVS project, would take Wilson’s seat and presumably swing the council against the project.
Opponents are holding out hope that a new council majority could yet defeat the project.
With absentee ballots counted, Jacob, 35, who is founder and executive director of the nonprofit Peace In Medicine medical marijuana dispensary, has 27.7 percent of the vote and Shaffer, 60, seeking re-election to a second term, has 25.9 percent.
John Eder, 59, a representative of Boise Mobile Equipment in Boise, Idaho, is third with 23.7 percent. Kathy Austin, 60, an architect, has 20.2 percent and Colleen Fernald, an artist and sustainability consultant, 2.4 percent.
Measure Y, a half-percent sales tax increase in Sebastopol, is on its way to being passed, with 69.9 percent of the vote. Only a simple majority is necessary.