Independent candidate Renee Bridges Thrash was not a factor in the final tally, finishing a distance third with 226 votes (4 percent). There were eight write-in votes. Unofficial results, which do not include mail-in ballots, can be viewed here.
Steinman, who held his election night gathering tonight downtown at Cubanu on Main Street, won 20 of the city’s 24 voting districts, carrying all six wards, with a total 3,407 votes. He was appointed 14 months ago to finish the rest of previous Mayor Rick Proctor’s term. Proctor suddenly resigned in September 2013 after winning election in 2010.
Democrats also will continue to hold all nine seats on the City Council. Three at-large seats were unopposed, with incumbent Democrat James Baker winning election along with Jeremy Mojica and Joanna Miles to four-year terms.
In the 6th Ward, Democrat Ray Giacobbe, Jr. (586 votes/56 percent) defeated Republican John Koenig (454 votes/44 percent) for the remaining two years of Steinman’s original term. Giacobbe was appointed to the seat last year after Steinman was elevated to mayor.
Cassio, who planned to gather with supporters tonight at Firehouse Eatery & Pub on St. Georges Avenue, lost to Proctor in 2010 but carried the 3rd and 6th Wards, the most Republican-leaning districts and the only City Council ward seats to be held by the GOP in recent years. Proctor won 16 of 24 voting districts that year, with 4,220 votes, about 61 percent to Cassio’s 2,635 votes, 38 percent. Turnout was about 48 percent that year, with 6,811 ballots cast in the mayoral race.