Voters in today’s Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council election rejected many of the candidates–including the head of a cannabis club–who had supported marijuana dispensaries, according to preliminary results. In the race for council president, Nelson Grande II, who favors the use of medical marijuana and keeping marijuana stores open, trailed dispensary opponent and chamber of commerce president Michael Nogueira by more than 20 votes, according the early tally. Meanwhile, Tim Ryder, head of Cannabis Clubs United With the Community, ended the election with 40 fewer votes than rival Jose Posada in the contest for Public Safety Director.
More than 800 persons cast ballots in the Eagle Rock election, one of a half dozen neighborhood council races held today. Unofficial results show that Monica Alcaraz was elected president of the Highland Park council while Nanci Rosas was chosen to lead the Lincoln Heights council (Click on the link below for all preliminary elections results).
The Eagle Rock election was overshadowed by the medical marijuana issue in a neighborhood that has seen a proliferation of pot stores. Some community leaders had expressed concern that the marijuana dispensaries and their supporters would enlist the help of customers to vote for neighborhood council candidates in favor of keeping the stores open.
Late last week, Eagle Rock Patch reported that Grande, who along with Ryder was running on the Progress & Collaboration slate, had asked and received support from a union official trying to organize marijuana store workers. Most of the eight candidates on that slate, however, failed to win a majority of votes based on the preliminary canvass of votes.
The election results are still subject to final certification by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, the city agency that oversees neighborhood councils.
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- Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council Elections: Preliminary Results. Patch