The Thousand Oaks City Council chamber was packed to capacity Tuesday with family members and supporters, who cheered and applauded after Rob McCoy was sworn in as T.O.’s newest council member.
McCoy, a senior pastor at Godspeak Calvary Chapel, will serve the remaining 18-month term of Jacqui Irwin, who’s now serving in the California Assembly.
“For those wondering how I’m going to legislate from this seat, I want to share with the citizens of Thousand Oaks that I’m a blank slate, in the sense that I’m here to listen to the citizens to the best of my ability and be available to you all,” McCoy told the crowd June 23, three weeks after he defeated second-place candidate Ed Jones by 52 votes.
“That constitutes a full deck of cards,” said McCoy of his winning margin. “So I’m playing with a full deck.”
Of the 18,363 ballots cast, accounting for a voter turnout of 26 percent, 6,468 votes (35.31 percent) went to McCoy and 6,416 (35.02) to Jones. Dan Roundtree came in third (25.74), followed by Chaise Rasheed (2.84), who during the meeting publicly thanked McCoy for his graciousness during the race…