Three Close Races in Central Orange County Still Undecided
For voters in Garden Grove, the election is apparently not quite over yet. Initiative Q, which would reduce the amount of time which a termed-out council person would have to wait before they could run for city office again to two years. Currently, a termed-out mayor can run after sitting out for two years, but a council person must wait for 4 years.
The initiative is an attempt to rectify the disparity and even the playing field for all termed-out contenders.
As of 5pm yesterday, the vote is:
Yes:Â Â Â Â Â 22,179Â Â 50.0%
(reduce waiting period for termed-out council members)
No:Â Â Â Â Â Â 22,214Â 50.0%
(retain the four year waiting period)
The initiative is losing by a mere 35 votes. The word is that an attorney/attorneys have been visiting the Registrar to oversee the provisional counting. Weâ€™ll have to wait and see if the numbers change again at 5pm tonight.
Our sense is that the initiative will lose by a narrow margin. The question is, will the sponsor of the initiative, Mark Rosen ask for a recountâ€¦
Westminster City Council Race Still Close
Other narrow victories in central county include the Westminster City Council race where the early lead (for 2nd place and a seat on the council) was held by Penny Loomer. The race now stands at:
TRUONG DIEPÂ Â Â Â Â 10,366 22.4%
PENNY LOOMERÂ Â Â 10,303Â Â Â Â 22.3%
Truong Diep is currently leading by 63 votes. Both Loomer and Diep put in an appearance at the Registrars, but itâ€™s unclear what actions either may be taking at this point.
Santa Ana School Board
Another close race is for the Santa Ana School Board where, Valerie Amezcua, who was leading Roman Reyna, fell behind in the count late last week and is now losing that seat by a mere 62 votes.
ROMAN REYNA Â 10,773Â Â Â 11.8%
VALERIE AMEZCUAÂ Â Â 10,711Â Â Â Â 11.7%
Last we heard, legal representatives had become involved in the counting process. Sources have told us that a recount in the Santa Ana Race would be unlikely unless it narrows to under 40 votes.