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Election 2012 Results: Dutra-Vernaci to Become First Woman Mayor of Union City

Carol Dutra-Vernaci previously served on Union City’s City Council for 13 years.

Updated 1:22 a.m.

While it’s no surprise, it’s now official: Carol Dutra-Vernaci is Union City’s new mayor, and the first woman in the city’s history to hold the position.

"I knew it was coming but I never take anything for granted," the mayor-elect said during a festive celebration at Crowne Plaza Hotel Tuesday night. "I was still out there knocking on doors and talking to people."

Dutra-Vernaci ran unopposed in the election after Richard Valle pulled out to pursue the county supervisor post. Despite running alone, she was still required to receive a majority vote.

An inevitable win, Dutra-Vernaci received 12,186 votes.

There were 316 write-in votes, as well.

Even if there were contenders for the seat, it would have been tough to beat the longtime public servant.

Dutra-Vernaci, 57, is a third-generation Union City native with an impressive resume: she served three consecutive terms on the City Council, is the chair of the city’s Economic Development Advisory Team, the chair of the Union City Community Emergency Response Team and is the incoming president of the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation.

Among her top priorities are creating good jobs, increasing public safety and having a more accessible city government, Dutra-Vernaci told Patch.

Her key concern going into 2013, however, is the city's budget. The new two-year budget must be adopted by July 2013.

"It's important for me to understand the budget and get input from residents," the former councilwoman said.

She said the loss of redevelopment dollars has shaken up the city's fiscal affairs.

"We have to see what's being lost and what could be supported through reserves," she said.

Dutra-Vernaci will be sworn into office as Union City’s fourth mayor since the city started holding direct elections in 1974, according to City Clerk Renee Elliot.

Dutra-Vernaci will succeed Mark Green, who will be termed out after this year following 19 years as mayor.

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Davis November 07, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Congratulations Carol! It is nice to have a fresh face in the Mayor's office after 19 years of Mark Green (will not elaborate on my thoughts of him) As a resident of this City for 36 years I would like to see a Mayor whose main interest is the welfare of the Citizens of Union City versus the welfare of the City government of Union City. There are just to many folks running around this City with "make busy" jobs created by Cheeves.
Carlos Rodriguez November 07, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Mayor Elect Dutra-Vernaci: Congratulations on your recent election to the Office of Mayor for the City of Union City. Having a leader of your caliber and impeccable integrity leading this wonderful community is such a positive change. I have peace of mind knowing that you WILL NOT place ego and personal political gain in front of duty and unconditional service. I look forward to positive change for the citizens of this great City. My prayers and support, Carlos Rodriguez, Fire Chief, Retired
Carol J. Vernaci November 08, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Thank you so much. I look forward to hearing more from you and other residents. If you have time to attend council meetings, stop by every now and then. You could also watch on cable or the live stream internet. All input is appreciated. My swearing in is on December 11, come on by.
Carol J. Vernaci November 08, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Thank you so much Carlos, I always put the needs of Union City before my own. I look forward to the next four years.

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