City of Commerce incumbents Mayor Lilia R. Leon, Mayor Pro Tem Tina Baca Del Rio and Councilmember Ivan Altamirano claimed victory this week following the city clerk’s release of election results showing the incumbents still in the lead Monday.
Leon and Del Rio were reelected to new full terns while Altamirano, who was appointed to the council last year, was elected for the first time. The city council is expected to certify the election results at the March 19 council meeting.
The latest March 5 election numbers include 223 provisional and absentee ballots not included in the original count following the election, according to the city’s Interim Public Information Officer Jason Stinnett.
The updated numbers show the gap widening between Lilia Leon and Joana Flores who in the earlier unofficial numbers was only trailing Leon by seven votes for the third place seat and finish in the race to fill three council positions. However, 34 votes now set them apart.
The semi-official results show:
—Tina Baca Del Rio gained 145 additional votes; bringing the total number of votes she received to 686, up from 541 in last week’s unofficial results;
—Ivan Altamirano gained 128 more votes; brining his vote total up to 635 votes;
—Lilia Leon’s vote total jumped from 492 votes to 623 votes in her favor.
Closing out the vote tallies, Joanna Flores finished with 589 votes; Jaime Valencia finished with 551 votes and Art Gonzalez received 465 votes.
In other local races voters voted in line with other L.A. County voters in the race for Seats 2, 4 and 6 on the Los Angeles Community College District Board Of Trustees.
While Ernest Henry Moreno received an overwhelming majority of votes from Commerce residents (76.97%) for Seat 4, Mike Eng barely received a majority of Commerce residents over John Burke with only 21 votes making the difference in the race for Seat 2. Both Moreno and Eng were elected.
A greater number of Commerce voters (44.59%) preferred David Vela over incumbent Nancy Pearlman who received just 25.56 percent of Commerce residents’ votes. Vela’s lead is likely due to his being better known in the local community due to position on the Montebello Unified School District Board as well as work as an aid to local elected officials. However, Vela’s popularity in Commerce did not carry the same weight in other areas of the County, unofficial results last week showed Vela in the lead by only about 6.5 percent of the votes.
Vela and Pearlman will face off in the General Election in May.