LocationAlhambra , CA United States
Alhambra voters have chosen Adele Andrade-Stadler and Katherine Lee as their 5th District and 1st District City Council members, respectively, according to preliminary results.
Andrade-Stadler garnered 49.93 percent of the vote, while one of her opponents Suzi Dunkel-Soto earned 38.38 percent of the vote her other opponent Julian Reyes got 11.69 percent, according to Los Angeles County election results.
Lee won the 1st District 39.02 percent of the vote. Her opponent Andrea Lofthouse-Quesada earned 33.26 percent of the vote and her other opponent Laura Tellez-Gagliano got 27.72 percent.
“I’m very glad that I’ll be able to work with the other four City Council members to make some of the necessary changes so that people have a better life in Alhambra,” Lee said. “I want to thank all the people who supported me, and who took the time to talk with me and let me share my plan for Alhambra.”
Lee said that her major concern was helping renters, in light of a failed statewide ballot measure that would’ve given cities more power to pass rent stabilization ordinances. “Prop 10 did not pass, so hopefully Alhambra will be able to do something to help renters.”
Both Andrade-Stadler and Dunkel-Soto raised tens of thousands of dollars in donations for their City Council campaigns. Dunkel-Soto and Tellez-Gagliano also benefitted from independent PAC spending, as well as support from current city leaders.
“I want to wish them wisdom and patience to unify our community and best of luck,” said Lofthouse-Quesada, adding that she wouldn’t officially concede until all provisional ballots are counted.
“We want to honor the process of democracy,” she said.
“I wish everybody the best,” said Tellez-Gagliano. “If they ever need any help or support, I hope they let me know.”
Both Andrade-Stadler, a current school board member and Lee, a teacher for the Alhambra Unified School District, were endorsed by the Alhambra Teachers Association, who made sizable donations to both campaigns and canvassed on behalf of the candidates.
“I don’t know how much the results were the result of ATA endorsements, as much as a coalition coming together to change Alhambra,” said Javier Gutierrez, chair of ATA’s political action committee. “We all had our own frustrations of not being heard by the city.”
Growing frustration with the amount of development going on in Alhambra also played a part. “I hear about how bad the excessive growth has affected life there from family,” said Frank Pacino, who grew up in Alhambra and was following the race closely. “I know the city council is responsible.”
Lee especially ran on an anti-growth platform, calling for an end to luxury housing developments in Alhambra.
Ross Maza, running unopposed in the 2nd District, won 100 percent of the vote.
The Los Angeles County Registrar’s office declared the election results semi-official in a press release. The county is expected to certify the results on Nov. 30.
Updated at 2:59 p.m. with additional quotes and background information.
Updated on Nov. 8, 2018 at 10:56 a.m. with quotes from Katherine Lee.
Updated on Nov. 8, 2018 at 11:52 a.m. with quotes from Andrea Lofthouse-Quesada.