Did former state legislator Gil Cedillo win enough votes in the March 5 municipal election to become councilman of the 1st District? Or will he be forced into a runoff election with challenger Jose Gardea? Those questions will be answered early next week as the City Clerk prepares to finish the official review or canvass of the ballots. Cedillo garnered the most votes during the municipal election, but, according to the unofficial tally, fell just short of garnering 50% of the ballots to avoid a runoff with second-place finisher Gardea (the unofficial results showed that 49.37% of 13,393 ballots were cast in favor of Cedillo). With thousands of provisional, mail-in and damaged ballots to be analyzed and counted, there is still a chance that Cedillo might end up with the necessary 50% to win the race to replace termed-out Councilman Ed Reyes.
A final tally of all outstanding ballots will be conducted on Tuesday, March 26 beginning at 8 a.m. “Following the final tally, the City Clerk will certify the results and prepare a report for the City Council to declare the results,” according to a City Clerk press release. “The City Council is expected to schedule the report on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.”