The San Fernando city council race had plenty of drama and surprise. But doesn’t yet have a final conclusion.
When all ballots were counted on Tuesday, March 3, Mayor Sylvia Ballin had the largest number of votes (473) among the six candidates and seems assured of re-election.
After that it got interesting.
Fellow incumbents Antonio Lopez and Jesse Avila are tied with 437 votes. Both are looking up at challenger Jamie Soto, who has 445 votes.
City Clerk Elena Chavez said there are 209 provisional votes left to be counted before results are final. But the earliest the count would take place is Saturday, March 27, Chavez said, because there must be a posted announcement regarding the second count.
A total of 2,249 votes, and 973 ballots were cast on Tuesday primarily at four city precincts. That represents 9 percent of the city population.