Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Local elections: Urquidi lead narrows in school board race

The race for the third seat on the Norwalk-La Mirada school board tightened considerably Monday with incumbent and Board Vice President Jesse Urquidi now holding just an 82 votes lead over challenger Jose Rios.

The 19,412 votes for Urquidi and the 19,370 for Rios is a difference of .10 percentage points at 24.21% to 24.11%.

Incumbent Karen Morrison and newcomer Christopher Staples, both from La Mirada appear destined to victory for the other two available seats up for grabs on the board of seven board members.

Staples had widen his lead in the contest by late Monday, earning 21,133 of the votes tallied so far while Morrison has received 20,306 this far.

Ballot counting was to resume again this morning.

Meanwhile in the East Whittier school board District 5 race, Wendy Carrera who had been trailing Amelia Bakshi by several dozen votes since election night has come from behind to take a 50.45% to 49.55% lead in the contest.

Carrera a professor at Rio Hondo College has 3,505 votes, a 48 votes lead over homemaker Bakshi's 3,443 with mail-in ballots still remaining to be counted.

East Whittier District #5 represents parts of N. La Mirada, East Whittier, and the Murphy Ranch neighborhood.

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