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 was 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% of total with 7,893 votes

-- 55.77% of voters

Stephen Souza*

20.3% of total with 7,512 votes

-- 53.08% of voters

Sue Greenwald*

17.8% of total with 6,598 votes

-- 46.62% of voters

Sydney Vergis

15.4% of total with 5,698 votes

-- 40.26% of voters

Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald
Website, Blog

13.2% of total with 4,878 votes

-- 34.37% of voters

Rob Roy

12.1% or total with 4,504 votes

-- 31.83% of voters

* 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



Yolo County Supervisor, District 5 returns are posted here.

Of 20,758 Registered Voters, turnout was Turnout: 8,827. 

Jim Provenza

50.7% of total with 4.065 votes

-- 46.05% of voters

John Ferrera

34.1% with 2,739

-- 31.03% of voters

Cathy Kennedy

15.2% with 1,217

--13.79% of voters


  • 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