Local City Elections Show Strength Of Incumbency

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

Incumbent elected officials in the cities of Signal Hill and Carson held onto their seats following elections March 1 and 8, respectively.

In Signal Hill, the election resulted in incumbents Larry Forester and Tina Hansen retaining their council seats. Hansen received 660 votes and Forrester had 569. Their only challenger, Matthew Simmons, finished with 429.

City Clerk Kathleen Pacheco ran unopposed as did City Treasurer Emerson Fersch.

The total number of ballots cast in the election was 986, about 62 person of which were vote by mail. For more information on the Signal Hill election, visit www.cityofsignalhill.org.

In the City of Carson, incumbent councilmembers Elito Santarina and Lula Davis-Holmes appear to have retained their seats, beating back challenges from Harold Williams, Mike Mitoma and Jules Manson.

City Clerk Helen Kawagoe ran unopposed, while City Treasurer Karen Avila beat three challengers to retain her seat.

However, there are 3,607 absentee ballots to be counted by March 17 that may, although unlikely, alter the results of the city council race. Carson had a 16.7 percent voter turnout of the 49,730 registered voters in the city.

For more information on the Carson election, visit http://ci.carson.ca.us.

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