Rodriguez still 24 votes ahead in tight San Fernando City Council election

City of San Fernando candidate, Celeste Rodriguez. (Courtesy Celeste Rodriguez)City of San Fernando candidate, Joel Fajardo. (Courtesy Joel Fajardo)

Celeste Rodriguez remained 24 votes ahead of Mayor Joel Fajardo in the race for a seat on the San Fernando City Council with 75.75% of the eligible votes counted in Los Angeles County on Friday.

The updated numbers showed Cindy Montanez with 29.42% of the votes, followed by Rodriguez with 25.33% and Fajardo with 25.14%, according to Dean C. Logan, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk who announced the eighth post-election results update.

“I’m still really excited, but I want to be respectful of the process and wait until it’s concluded,” Rodriguez said Friday afternoon.

Fajardo could not be reached for comment.

The city does not have an ordinance that would automatically trigger a recount in such close races, according to the city clerk’s office. A recount would need to be initiated by a candidate.

There are two seats up for grabs in the San Fernando’s general municipal election.

A third seat on the council, in a special election race, shows Councilmember Mary Mendoza on the way to retaining her seat with 59.45% of the votes against challenger David Chiapa Bernal with 40.55%.

The Registrar’s office is scheduled to certify the election on Nov. 27. The new San Fernando City Council would be sworn in on Dec. 7.

Friday’s update includes 11,496 mail ballots and 18,315 ballots cast at vote centers and processed since election night. Ballots were received via the U.S. Postal Service or dropped off at an official ballot drop box or at county vote centers through Election Day, Nov. 3, as well as conditional voter registration or provisional ballots that have been, according to the Registrar’s-Recorder’s office.

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The total election results count is now 4,325,963 — 75.76% of eligible Los Angeles County voters.

The next update is expected to be released Tuesday. At least two more updates will follow if the vote count is still not complete.

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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