Smith wins final tally for
by Lenny Roberts
The County of Ventura has certified Carol Smith as the winner
in the recent election for the Ojai City Council seat vacated
when Mayor Steve Olsen did not seek re-election.
Smith, who finished behind incumbents Mayor Pro Tem Joe DeVito
and fellow council member David Bury, had garnered 10 more votes
than Bruce Roland before the provisional and absentee ballots
had been officially tabulated. That number increased to 32 votes
after all the votes were certified Monday morning.
"I kind of felt pretty secure after the absentee ballots
came in," Smith said. "I'm very pleased. The campaign
was intense, and now, I have to get on with the job of learning
how the council works."
Smith said she's excited about the prospect of serving on Ojai's
governing board, and is setting dates to meet and get to know
the various heads of committees and other council members. She
described Bruce Roland as an opponent who campaigned hard.
"I saw it coming down to the wire. I think we both would
have added insight to council because we think a lot alike on
many of the issues. Bruce and I have similar ideas, but some
issues of vision of where we'd like to be in five years are quite
"I love my town and want to do a good job. I hope we get
a lot of citizen input from people who want to be involved in
helping help solve traffic issues."
DeVito said, "I really don't know much about Carol because
she's new to the public arena. But we welcome her and will do
everything we can to work with her."
Smith, along with DeVito and Bury, will be sworn in during the
regular council meeting Dec. 10.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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