Leading candidates in the Calexico and Holtville council races are still on top following the latest update by the county Registrar of Voters.
In the Calexico City Council race, John Moreno, Joong Kim and Luis Castro are still first, second and third, respectively.
Moreno has 3,048 votes, Kim 2,903 votes and Castro has 2,335 votes.
Guillermo “Willie” Hermosillo is trailing in fourth with 2,202 votes but is just 133 votes away from Castro.
Erik Ortega, who managed to gain some ground since the last update, is now fifth with 1,901 votes.
Meanwhile, Mayor Daniel Romero, who was targeted by what appears to be a successful Calexico Police Officers Associations campaign against him, is now sixth with 1,855 votes.
In Holtville, incumbent David Bradshaw leads the pack with 567 votes followed by Virginia “Ginger” Ward.
Ward, now with 524 votes, was at some point tied in second place with James Predmore — but not anymore. Predmore is trailing in third with 511 votes while Mayor Jerry Brittsan is fourth with 486 votes.
In Imperial Irrigation District divisions 2, 4 and 5, Bruce Kuhn, Steve Benson and Norma Sierra Galindo continue in what appear to be cemented leads.
Kuhn, with 18,127 votes, has some 5,000 more votes than incumbent John Pierre Menvielle.
Steve Benson, with 17,914 votes, has some 4,000 more votes than incumbent Stella Mendoza; and Norma Sierra Galindo, with 7,826, has 768 more votes than Wally Leimgruber.
So far 35,373 ballots have been processed, of which 19,267 are vote-by-mail and 16,106 were cast on Election Day.
Most vote-by-mail ballots have been processed, said county Registrar of Voters Sylvia Bermudez, who expects to be done with vote-by-mail ballots today.
After vote-by-mail ballots are processed, elections staff will begin screening approximately 4,000 provisional ballots, said Bermudez, adding that maybe half of those provisional ballots will count after verification.
Bermudez expects all eligible ballots to be processed by the end of this month.
Staff Writer Alejandro Davila can be reached at 760-337-3445 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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