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Walnut Creek residents apparently like their city council, re-electing Mayor Matt Francois and Councilmember Cindy Silva by wide margins Tuesday.

Francois, a land-use lawyer who has been on the council since 2018, finished first with 36.6 percent of the vote. Silva, who was first elected in 2006 and served as mayor three times, was re-elected with 33.4 percent.

Challenger and Sierra Club digital manager Laura Patch finished third, with 16.8 percent and estate planning attorney Brian O’Toole finished fourth with 13 percent.

Both incumbents have supported balanced budgets while expanding city services and cultural programs. They both advocate for downtown businesses and supported expanding mental health services and non-police response teams to those experiencing mental health crisis.