Incumbents Sedalia Sanders and Efrain Silva had their seats secured all through the race as they were ahead since the first voting update was released by the county registrar Nov. 8.
Jackson was ahead of Edney all through the counting process, but his lead fluctuated as precinct, mail-in and provisional votes were tallied. At the end it came down to a 69-vote difference, with Jackson getting 1,586 votes and Edney getting 1,517, according to a report by the county registrar’s office. Jackson’s victory ends the eight-year run Edney had on the City Council.
“I’m happy it’s over (and) that we can move forward,” Jackson said, adding, he’s already working and, starting Monday, he’ll meet with different city department heads.
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“Thank you to the voters,” Jackson said, adding he’s looking forward to serve the city.
Calipatria City Council
The race for the two seats on the Calipatria City Council was also a contested one. The candidates started somewhat tied, but by last week incumbent Raul Navarro was leading challenger Maria Nava-Froelich with 129, against 123 votes. Final results show Nava-Froelich won by a handful of votes by getting 155 votes while Navarro got 149.
“I wish Hector (Cervantes) and Maria Nava-Froelich well. I’m sure they’ll do an excellent job,” Navarro said. Every person that enters an election would like to win, he said, “unfortunately that is not the case. As we often say, every vote counts and in this election (this) held true.”
Navarro, who served on the Calipatria City Council for eight years, will run for election again, but this time in the county supervisorial race, he said.
This was the first time Maria Nava-Froelich ran for office.
“I’m pleased. I’m happy. I’m really excited,” she said.
She said she is ready to get to work and will begin by establishing priorities and goals.
“I’m ready to work, do my best and go forward,” she said.
Overall election numbers
About 34,000 people were eligible to vote in this election, said election coordinator Debra Porter. Of those, 9,405 votes were counted, which is a 27.59 percent turnout, she said.
Although the final official results are out, the elections are not certified, Porter said. The supplies and equipment need to be reviewed and then the county registrar has to certify the election, she said.
On Dec. 6 the results will go before the Board of Supervisors for approval and then the districts will receive the certification followed by the oaths by the candidates.
“This was a really smooth election, everything ran like a clock,” Porter said, adding, the election was a lot smaller than what they usually are.
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