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Voters hit the polls to elect new Ventura City Council

vote Voters hit the polls to elect new Ventura City CouncilAfter Tuesday’s election is certified, Ventura will have a new face on the City Council.
Deputy District Attorney Erik Nasarenko led the race with 8,423 votes. Incumbents Mike Tracy with 6,504 votes, Neal Andrews with 6,364 votes and Jim Manahan with 5,874 votes appear to have won re-election. Richard Francis is close behind Monahan with 5,874 votes.The only votes that still need to be counted are mail-in-ballots that were dropped off at polling places.With 63,000 eligible voters in the city, turnout was low. Ventura is the only city in Ventura County with an odd-year City Council election.

Nine candidates were on the ballot running for four open City Council seats. Each seat carries a four-year term. Other candidates who ran for office were David Swaffar, Lorrie Brown, Paul Meehan and Brian Lee Rencher.

The official winners will be sworn in December 2, the same day the City Council will choose the next mayor.

There were eight people running for four seats on the Ventura City Council.  Three were incumbents.  The polls opened at 7 AM and closed at 8 PM although many people voted by mail. For final results log onto: http://www.cityofventura.net/cm/city-clerk/municipal-elections.

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