While preliminary results show that 52.6% of Santa Ana voters preferred someone other than Miguel Pulido to be their mayor, they again couldn’t rally behind a single candidate to push Miguel Pulido out of the saddle and away from the reigns of city power. Councilman David Benavides was the strongest of Pulido’s five challengers with 26.4% of the vote. Perennial candidate George Collins drew 12.8%. Two years ago, Alfredo Amezcua was Pulido’s strongest challenger drawing 26.8% of the vote. This will mark Pulido’s 10th term as Mayor.
Pulido’s support has dropped almost two percentage points from 49.5% last cycle to 47.4%. It appears however that mayoral term limits, which passed last night with 77% of the votes, may be the only way to end Mayor Pulido’s reign over Santa Ana.
It remains to be seen if the voting block on the council that pushed mayoral term limits to the ballot over Pulido’s objections in what has been called Santa Ana’s Spring, will hold when it comes to governing the next two years.
In City Council Ward 1 Vincent Sarmiento easily defeated his challenger Estella Amezcua for another council term. In Ward 3 a crowded field of six candidates, including former Councilman Brett Franklin, and Planning Commissioner Eric Alderete, vied to succed disgraced Republican Councilman Carlos Bustamante. The large field resulted in a virtually unknown candidate Angelica Amezcua winning the contest even though she spent no money on the race. In Ward 5, School Board Trustee Roman Renya has defeated Karina Onofre to win a that seat.