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RB election: Measure A loses, Aspel and Kilroy in runoff for mayor

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Counting votes at last Tuesday's municipal election. Photo by Rachel Reeves

Counting votes at last Tuesday’s municipal election. Photo by Rachel Reeves

The final results are in.

No big surprises emerged in the city’s announcement Tuesday of the final numbers, which integrated the 1,590 votes that remained to be counted after last week’s municipal election.

Votes cast at polling places and by absentee ballot were counted on March 5, but this week City Clerk Eleanor Manzano announced the final results, incorporating provisional votes and those cast by voters who walked into polling places with absentee ballots.

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As predicted at the initial count, Measure A lost by a slim margin. Those in favor of the ballot initiative, which aimed to permanently retire the AES power plant on Harbor Drive, numbered 6295 and made up 48.9 percent of the final vote.

Fifty-one percent of voters, or 6552 residents, voted against Measure A, ultimately defeating it.

Also predicted last week was Bill Brand’s victory in District 2, which proved to be an accurate forecast. The final count was 1,671 votes for Brand, or 56.3 percent of the total. As Brand garnered a clear majority in District 2, there will be no run-off for the seat. This will be Brand’s second term as the District 2 council member.

His opponent Michael Jackson won 999 votes, or 33.6 percent of the total, and Susan Kowalski earned 9.9 percent with 296 votes.

In the May 14 run-off for mayor, Steve Aspel – who had 39.5 percent of the vote with 4,871 votes – will be up against Matt Kilroy, who had 28.4 percent of the vote with 3,500 votes.

Mayoral contender Pat Aust got 2,675 votes, or 21.7 percent of the total, and Eric Coleman took 10.3 percent with 1,275 votes.

In the District 1 run-off, Jeff Ginsburg will be up against Jim Light. The clear leader in the race, Ginsburg had 41.3 percent of the vote, or 1,123 votes to Light’s 844, which made up 28.5 percent of the total.

Kimberly Fine – who had 733 votes, or 24.7 percent of the total – and Dianne Prado – who had 5.4 percent with 160 votes – will not be entering the run-off.

This week’s count revealed Jan Jeffreys will be competing with Stephen Sammarco in the District 4 run-off. Jeffreys had 31.8 percent of the vote, or 592 votes, while Sammarco took the lead with 41 percent of the vote with 762 votes.

Eighteen-year-old candidate Julian Stern won 27 percent of the vote with 502 votes.

City Attorney Mike Webb, who is running unopposed for re-election, had 9,818 votes.

The three candidates running for the school board were also running unopposed. Brad Waller had 5,518 votes, Brad Serkin had 5,395 votes, and Mike Christensen had 6,920.

Overall voter turnout was 29.6 percent, which Manzano has said is higher than in previous years. Of 44,253 registered voters in Redondo Beach, 13,138 turned out to last week’s election. There were 6,984 absentee ballots cast, and the turnout at polling booths was 6,154.

See a fuller story in this week’s print edition of Easy Reader, which comes out on Thursday.

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