Monica Rodriguez has been certified the winner of the City Council race in the northeast San Fernando council race.
Rodriguez pulled in 53.63 percent, or 9,588 votes, coming out ahead of her opponent Karo Torossian’s 46.36 percent, which came out to 8,287 votes, according to the final results released by the City Clerk on Friday.
The certified numbers still needs approval from the City Council.
Torossian called up Rodriguez to concede the race, after the City Clerk’s Office completed its final tally of ballots submitted in the May 16 election, according to Josh Pulliam, a spokesman for Rodriguez’s campaign.
Pulliam said Rodriguez made the first call on May 17 “to extend the olive branch and start a dialogue,” but Torossian “finally called her within the last hour.”
Torossian also issued a statement saying that the “end has come and we have a new council member in District 7.”
“Although the result isn’t what we’d hoped for, I believe our district came out ahead in this election and I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to Monica Rodriguez on her victory.”
Council President Herb Wesson said soon after the election that he hopes to appoint the winner of the race as the caretaker of the 7th District, which has not had representation from a local council person since September.
There were no changes in the final tally compared to…
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