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Incumbents defeated in Montebello City Council race

first_imgVerdugo, 39, never did get his campaign off the ground. He didn’t participate in a council forum, nor did he pass out campaign literature. In the city treasurer’s race, challenger Norma Lopez defeated incumbent Gerri Guzman by a 2,594 to 2,069 margin. In the city clerk’s race, incumbent Robert King was re-elected over challengers Larry Salazar and Annette Ramirez. King received 2,021 votes or 44 percent; Ramirez, 1,805 votes or 39 percent and Salazar, 784 votes or 17 percent. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre They led Lopez-Reid, who had 1,254 votes or 14 percent, Bagwell, 1,180 votes or 13 percent; Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano, 764 votes or 8 percent; Leo Rodriguez, 385 votes or 4 percent; and Johnny Verdugo, 367 votes or 4 percent. “It was clear the community wanted a change,” Urteaga said. “They wanted a new direction. They think Kathy and I can move the city in a new positive direction.” The major issues of the campaign were graffiti, the development of open space, the city versus the county fire department and accountability of public officials. Lopez-Reid, 53, and Bagwell, 67, both said putting an initiative before the voters on whether fire services should be under city or county control has been distorted. The opponents, including Salazar, who has sued the city on getting the initiative on a ballot, said the issue should be decided by the public. All the candidates, Urteaga, Veneziano, 32, and Rodriguez, 50, said accountability to the public is key for any elected official. Special Section: Get the latest elections news and vote tallies NORWALK – Montebello voters opted for change, electing former Councilwoman Kathy Salazar and challenger Robert Urteaga, defeating incumbents Norma Lopez-Reid and Bob Bagwell in a seven-person race. Urteaga, 31, and Salazar, 68, won a sizable victory, getting twice as many votes as the two incumbents. Urteaga received 2,556 or 28 percent, while Salazar had 2,525 or 28 percent. last_img

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