, 27 November 2007

“Republican Chris Royse conceded the race for the Woodbridge District seat to Democrat Frank J. Principi at 10:55 p.m. Tuesday.

“Independents Steven Keen, 52, and Luis Ramirez, 58, also ran against Principi to replace Supervisor Hilda M. Barg, D-Woodbridge, who will retire at the end of her fifth term in January.

“Unofficial election results showed that Principi won 44 percent of the vote in the four-way race.

“Principi was pleased with the results, especially considering that he was in a race against three other ‘hardworking, serious candidates.’

“Principi’s first plan is to meet with county officials.

” ‘I need to meet with some of the department heads and attend some of the meetings as supervisor elect to prepare to hit the ground running in January,’ he said.

“During the campaign, Principi, 46, said he would try to bolster relationships with state and federal officials, and look to them to help the county get money to ease transportation problems.

“He also said he would try to mend the relationship between the School Board and the Board of County Supervisors, which he said was strained over last year’s budget cuts, and bring business development to theWoodbridge District.

” ‘I want to focus on getting people moving again. I want to be for managed growth with town center, urban, vibrant growth kinds of development where people can work live and play in the same neighborhood,’ he said.

“Principi said he knocked on 8,000 doors during the campaign.”