Lau, Tom Chu victorious in Monterey Park

David Lau and Betty Tom Chu won two open seats in Monterey Park’s City Council election Tuesday, according to unofficial results from the City Clerk’s office.

Voters cast 2,982 votes for Chu and 2,607 votes for Lau. Luis Estrada came in third with 2,483 votes. Incumbent Sharon Martinez came in fourth with 2,100 votes.

Actor John Abajian got 207 votes Joe Ray Avila got 181.

The winners will join Mayor Frank Venti and council members Mitchell Ing and Anthony Wong. Venti publicly endorsed Tom Chu and Estrada with signs and mailers.
Most of the candidates zeroed in on an exclusive trash-hauling contract with Athens Services. Approved without a bid process in 2002, it is currently undergoing an audit.

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