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Duarte Voters Elect Two New Councilmembers, Return Long-time Incumbents and Pass Measure F Banning Legal Fireworks in the November 6 Election

DUARTE, CA, November, 2018– Duarte residents set the course for the community’s future November 6thby electing its first, seven member, by District City Council and by deciding to ban the sale and discharge of  legal fireworks in the City. 

Twelve candidates vied for four District based seats with residents returning long-time incumbents Margaret Finlay and Tzeitel Paras Caracci to their new District seats.  Specifically, in District No. 1, Paras Caracci, local business owner of “See Jack Play” defeated Dolores Ortiz, a Production Manager and in District No. 4, Margaret Finlay, a six-term Mayor and immediate Past President of the Southern California Association of Governments defeated David Van de Wetering, a Management Assistant. 

The race also featured two new Districts Nos. 6 and 7 that each had four candidates.   In District No. 6, Bryan Urias, a Director from the Upper San Gabriel Municipal Water District came out on top against his other three opponents: Art Rodriguez Jr., a Business Consultant, Cesar Andres Garcia, a Business Person/Entertainer, and Evangelina Sanchez, an Educator. In District No. 7, with close to 50% of the vote, Jocelyn Nunez, a Healthcare Professional  defeated Jarrett Stoltzfus, a Transportation Management Professional, Mike Sharble, a Service Director, and Jack Corson Chang, a Business Owner.  No candidate filed against incumbent Samuel Kang in District No. 5 allowing the Council to re-appoint him to another four-year term earlier this year in a special meeting.

By a little over 3 percent, the Duarte community closely voted to ban the sale and discharge of safe and sane fireworks in the City by approving Measure F, 51.23% to  48.77% with approximately 1500 mail in and provisional ballots yet to be counted which could effect the final official outcome of the measure.  Earlier this year, the Duarte City Council had voted to put the measure prohibiting the sale of and discharge of legal fireworks starting in 2019 before the voters on the upcoming November 2018 ballot.  Prior to that vote and over the last few years, a growing number of residents had begun to express significant concern regarding the sale and discharge of both legal and illegal fireworks in the City.  Safe and sane fireworks sales and usage had been legal in the City since incorporation in 1957.

The Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder’s Office does not officially certify election results until December 4, 2018. Per City ordinance, the newly elected Councilmembers and the annual City Council reorganization meeting where a new Mayor will be selected occurs at the first meeting in December or December 11th.  For additional information on the election or ballot measure results, please call Duarte City Hall at 626 357-7931 or visit www.lavote.net.