By Miriam Raftery
Photo,left: Stephen Houlahan
November 9, 2016 (Santee) – With 36% of precincts counted, Councilman John Minto,a retired police officer, is maintaining a 10 point lead over felow Councilman and realtor Rob McNellis in the race to become Santee’s next Mayor. Current Mayor Randy Voepel tonight won election handily to the State Assembly over Leo Hamel.
Though Santee’s Council has long been heavily influenced by developers and real estate interests, Stephen Houlahan, running on an environmental platform, appears likely to defeat two pro-development opponents.