Elizabeth Salinas, an immigration attorney and political newcomer, lost by a tighter than previously reported margin against incumbent Councilman Dr. Steven Placido in November to represent Alhambra's fourth district. Placido was confident throughout the race that he would win the election, but Salinas lost by just 556 votes, with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
Early results showed that Salinas had lost by 682 votes, a race she felt was too close to ignore. "A lot of people did vote for me and it's a wake up call to everybody,” Salinas told Pasadena Star-News the day after the election. “He has an opportunity here and he shouldn't waste it, and he should remember that he works for us.”