The 2008 City Council Election was held on June 3rd, 2008. Three seats, held by Sue Greenwald, Don Saylor, and Stephen Souza, were open in this election.

Students who live in campus-proper (e.g. not Cuarto/Castilian Hall area) are not eligible to vote in city elections as UC Davis is not technically a part of the city of Davis. Davis College Democrats have created a questionnaire for the Democratic candidates for city council.

This is the first Davis City Council Election since 1956 with three open seats and three incumbents running for re-election to those seats1.

2008 City Council Elections
Preceded by: 2006 City Council Election
Followed by: 2010 City Council Election

City Council

Official final returns, released Jun 07, 2008, 06:59 AM Names marked in bold were elected to a position.

Don Saylor*
21.3% with 7,893 votes
Stephen Souza*
20.3% with 7,512
Sue Greenwald*
17.8% with 6,598
Sydney Vergis
15.4% with 5,698
Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald
Website, Blog
13.2% with 4,878
Rob Roy
12.1% with 4,504

* incumbent

Note: Percentages in the table reflect the percentage of total votes cast, not percentage of voters who cast a vote for a particular candidate.

Turnout: 14,153 of 34,815 Registered Voters (40.7%) 16.4%, or 5,724 of the 34,815 registered voters in Davis voted by mail.

Also on the Ballot



Jim Provenza
50.7% with 4.065 votes
John Ferrera
34.1% with 2,739
Cathy Kennedy
15.2% with 1,217


  • Proposition 98
  • Proposition 99

Campaign Mailers

Independent Voter Guide

Some Independent Voter Guide

COPS Voter Guide

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2008-06-03 10:52:29   EVEN if you don't vote for city council or judge, please vote Proposition No-Yes; Against 98, For 99. Personal statement — Prop 98 is a questionable, hidden-agenda attempt to support those who own lots of property at the expense of governments and tennants. Why else would they hide the abolition of future rent control and some renter's rights behind an aggressive property rights front. Prop 99 may be weak, but it is safe.

Consider the proponents and opponents: FOR 98 — Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association (aka the 'All Government is Bad' committee)

    not 99 Cal Farm Bureau

      Lots of developers with big advertising budgets

AGAINST 98 — League of Women Voters

    & pro-99 California Police Chiefs Assn

      AARP - CA state president

      National Wildlife Federation (and others)

      Consumer Federation of California

      etc. ~~~~[NotTires] —NotTires

2008-06-03 21:24:56   Funny how the results appear to be strongly correlated with the age of the candidates ... funny that, really. I was the youngest person at that voting place by like 30 years. —ChristopherMckenzie

2008-06-03 22:04:28   I think those are the absentee ballots that are counted. —JamesSchwab

  • Nice catch. They are coming in now and it is more clear. Thanks. —jw

2008-06-13 08:28:31   Wait just one moment: Don Saylor* [WWW]Website 21.3% with 7,893 votes Stephen Souza* [WWW]Website 20.3% with 7,512 Sue Greenwald* [WWW]Website 17.8% with 6,598 Sydney Vergis [WWW]Website 15.4% with 5,698 Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald [WWW]Website, [WWW]Blog 13.2% with 4,878 Rob Roy [WWW]Website 12.1% with 4,504

But mathematically...

21.3% + 20.3% + 17.8% + 15.4% + 13.2% + 12.1% = 100.1%

interesting... —AlexNelson

  • It's okay, rounding off can make them work that way. 34.54 + 12.54 + 9.54 + 43.38 = 100. Round it off at the nearest tenth, and you get 34.5 + 12.5 + 9.5 + 43.4 = 99.9. —Evan 'JabberWokky' Edwards