TenSeven days ago, Orange County residents went to the polls to select their elected officials and decide several ballot initiatives. For most, the campaign ended on Tuesday. For some, the nail-biting continues into a second week.
In the north county 65th Assembly seat Chris Norby is fighting for his political survival as Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk-Silva has maintained, and expanded, her election night lead. With 14,824 votes left to count, Quirk-Silva has expanded her lead to 2,222 votes.
In the newly drawn Rancho Santiago Community College District Area 5 race, Santa Ana Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez has slightly expanded her lead over incumbent Trustee Mark McLoughlin to 251 votes. There are 2,567 ballots left to count in this race. Fellow Trustee David Chapel is trailing his two opponents in the same race with 3,734 votes.
In Costa Mesa, it looks like our favorite Leprechaun Mayor is hoping to find a pot of gold in the remaining 4,482 ballots left to count. At least enough gold to stave off the challenge from challenger John Stephens. If Monahan does not prevail, the city ‘s flawed attempt to contract out city jobs in violation of state law will grind to a halt and the expensive appeal of orders and judgments that say the city is breaking the law will continue unabated. As the vote count stands Monahan holds a slim 110 vote lead over Stephens; 12,834 to 12,724.
In Fullerton, a similarly close contest between Travis Keiger, who won his seat during the recent recall campaign, and Jan Flory. With 4,239 votes remaining to be counted, Keiger is hanging on to his brief political career by 112 votes, 12,097 to 11,985.
In Westminster, Councilman Tyler Diep is still waiting for the usual Vietnamese surge to rescue his political career on the Westminster City Council. With 3,545 ballots remaining to be counted, Diep is trailing challenger Diana Carey by 696 votes, 8,369 to 7,693. We note that Democrat Sergio Contreras appears to be the top vote-getter in Westminster with 10,717 votes in the bank. Contreras will be replaced on the Westminster School Board by Jamison Power, a fellow democrat, and top coming in second with 10,291 votes.
So there will be a few candidates with their eyes glued to their computer screens, incessantly refreshing their browsers, around 5 p.m. looking for the latest results from the Registrar of Voters.