CITY HALL — City Councilman John Drayman lost his reelection bid on Thursday, four years after he was elected to the dais with widespread support.
After the final vote tally, former Councilman Rafi Manoukian maintained his first-place spot with 10,197 votes, and incumbent Dave Weaver came in second with 9,903, according to the city clerk’s office. Drayman stayed in third place, 61 votes behind Weaver.
Weaver will return to the dais for a fifth term, while Manoukian will return for a third term four years after being ousted by Drayman.
On Thursday, Manoukian credited his win to his fiscally conservative campaign platform that included pledges to cut overtime hours and eliminate the use of employee credit cards as City Hall works to close multi-million-dollar budget shortfalls.
“Given the financial issues with the city, and considering that the budget hearings should be coming up, the budget and the shortfall are the most important issues, and I’m ready to get to work,” he said.