Incumbent Stephen Sham has defeated challenger Eric Sunada in the Alhambra City Council race. Sham faced off against Sunada on Nov. 4 to represent Alhambra's 1st District and won by 369 votes, according to the sixth and final ballot update from the Los Angeles County Registrar.
A total of 10,141 people voted in the Alhambra City Council election, with 51.8 percent of the votes going to Sham and 48.2 percent of the votes going to Sunada.
Despite his defeat in the race, Sunada said he will consider the campaign a victory. "No matter the vote count, I feel that we won. We won because we stayed true to our issues and continued to reach out and inform the people, while the opposition focused more on stemming our efforts," Sunada said Monday. "We won because we were limited only by time, and as a result I’m confident change will happen. It’s got to when you have the incumbents providing no substantive discussion for the city’s future. It’s got to change because their lack of vision is serving only to further stratify our community at a time when we should be unifying it."
Stephen Sham leads Eric Sunada by 358 votes in the race to represent Alhambra's 1st District in City Council, according to the fourth ballot update from the Los Angeles County Registrar. The Tuesday tally includes 249 additional Alhambra City Council ballots since the last update on Nov. 14.
The Registrar is still counting mail-in, absentee, and write-in ballots and will post its next update on Friday, Nov. 21.
Stephen Sham leads Eric Sunada by 331 votes in the race for Alhambra City Council, according to the third ballot counting update from the Los Angeles County Registrar. Incumbent candidate Sham faced off against Sunada in the Nov. 4 election to represent Alhambra's 1st District.
Friday's update included an additional 535 ballots in the Alhambra City Council tally since the Registrar's second update on Nov. 10, with 272 going to Sham and 263 going to Sunada. The Registrar is still counting mail-in, absentee, and write-in ballots and will post its next update on Tuesday, Nov. 18.
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Incumbent candidate Stephen Sham leads challenger Eric Sunada by 322 votes in the Alhambra City Council race to represent the city's 1st District, according to a Nov. 10 update from the Los Angeles County Registrar. The Registrar is still counting outstanding mail-in, absentee, and write-in ballots and will post its next update on Friday.
Sham took to Facebook to thank voters after the Registrar's Nov. 7 tally. "Updated vote count from the election," he posted Saturday on his campaign Facebook page, along with a picture of the updated results. "Thank you everyone once again for all of your support!"
Sunada also thanked his supporters in a Monday email to Alhambra Source. "I’m just so proud of the team and the type of campaign that we ran. It was grassroots all the way," he said. "Since the election, we continue to get volunteers emailing us to ask how they can help going forward. Win or lose, we’re going to press forward and we will get stronger every day."
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Stephen Sham leads Eric Sunada by 277 votes in the race for Alhambra City Council's 1st District seat, according to a Nov. 7 update from the Los Angeles County Registrar. The Registrar is still counting mail-in, absentee, and write-in ballots. The next scheduled update is Monday at 1 p.m.
The Registrar has a 28-day period to tally and certify votes. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors will declare the results official on Dec. 2, according to the Registrar.
The two candidates for Alhambra City Council are divided by just 2 percentage points, with most votes counted. Incumbent candidate Stephen Sham is leading in Tuesday's City Council election to represent Alhambra's 1st District, with 4,085 votes. Sham faced off against Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Eric Sunada, who received 3,909 votes. The Los Angeles County Registrar is still counting mail-in, absentee, and write-in votes.
Sham declined to comment.
Sunada said that if he is defeated, it will not deter his plans to move forward in local politics. “Our volunteers are some of the most talented people I know; always up on the issues and always working to solve them,” Sunada said Tuesday night during his election party. "We are not going to stop here."
Despite the close results, Sham's campaign received more than $100,000 more in contributions than Sunada. The incumbent received $136,916 in contributions, compared to $20,644 for Sunada. Sham's major contributions came from business owners in Alhambra and other Southern California cities, including $5,000 from Wei Zhang, the president of Ocean Wayne Media in West Covina, $5,000 from TAG-2 Medical Investment Group in Alhambra, and $5,000 from St. Clair International, LLC in Newport Beach.
Sunada's major contributions came from residents, including $1,200 from Alhambra resident Sabrina Peck, $1,150 from Pasadena resident and fellow Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Gaj Birur, and $1,000 from Cerritos resident Anne Sunada.
In other races to represent Alhambra, U.S. Representative Judy Chu beat challenger Jack Orswell to represent the 27th Congressional Congressional District, which includes the San Gabriel Valley. Chu received 60.68 percent of the votes, or 54,605 votes, while Orswell received 39.32 percent, or 35,386 votes.
In the race to represent State Assembly District 49—which includes Alhambra and much of the west San Gabriel Valley—incumbent candidate Ed Chau beat out Esthela Torres Siegrist with 60.79 percent of the votes, or 25,259 votes. Siegrist received 16,295 votes, 39.21 percent of the total.