Susan Jacobus won the Fremont City Council Ward 2 seat in close race on Tuesday night.
Final unofficial results listed Jacobus with 1,083 votes (51.25 percent) and opponent Dev Sookram with 1,015 (48.04 percent).
“I was a little nervous,” Jacobus said. “It was very close and it stayed close throughout and I think that’s a good thing. People got out to vote.”
Jacobus said she believes that both she and Sookram were qualified candidates.
She was complimentary of voters.
“I appreciate that vote,” she said. “I appreciate that over 2,000 people in our ward got out and voted. I think that’s awesome.”
Jacobus is looking ahead to the future.
“I look forward to getting on board and being part of the council and the forward movement for Fremont,” she said. “We’ve got some good momentum going right now and there’s a lot of good things happening. I’m looking forward to being part of helping to keep that going – the growth and everything that’s coming our way that’s positive.”
Results came in later at night and Sookram was not able to be reached for comment.
Prior to Election Day, however, the candidates shared their views on a host of city issues.
Sookram talked about the need to get more police officers and for updated facilities.
“We’ve been kicking the can down the road with the police department for a long time,” he said. “We need a real plan in place to get everything up to speed. … Public safety is our first thing as elected officials. Protecting our citizens is No. 1.”
He added: “We have been looking at a second fire station,” because the city is growing and firefighters are getting more calls.
Sookram also spoke of the importance of being fiscally responsible, while accomplishing goals.
Jacobus also addressed the importance of public safety.
She spoke of concerns with “the increased population the city will see once Costco is in operation” — and of making sure there are more trained personnel such as police and firefighters, and that their needs are addressed as the community continues to grow.
Jacobus stressed the importance of looking at flood plain issues, and a levy that will better protect Fremont and land values. She sees the importance of affordable housing in the 80,000- to 120,000 range and possibly more apartments.
With that available land, there are flood plain concerns, she said, in the northwest and eastern and toward the south of the city.
Both candidates talked about the advantages they see that the Costco/Lincoln Premium Poultry Chicken Processing Plant would bring to the city.
“I’m a proponent,” Jacobus said. “I see a very strong exponential, positive effect. This business will lead to other business, but will also enhance existing businesses. I see it as a financial boon for the community of Fremont and the county itself.”
Sookram noted: “With Costco coming in you’re going to get support companies coming in with it, to support Costco and its manufacturing.
“That’s going to be something I don’t think people are really accounting for,” he said.