As the majority of election results finish coming in, the three Diamond Bar city council candidates with early leads are holding firm.
Incumbents councilmen Steve Tye holds just under 24 percent of the votes and Ron Everett has about 21 percent. Twelve of 17 precincts are reporting, along with the absentee votes.
The highly contested third seat is held by Ling-Ling Chang, who works in the education field and has experience on the local water district, with 18.5 percent of the vote.
In order, Robert Velazquez (10.95 percent), David Liu (10.84 percent), Lucy Huang (8.37 percent) and Shawn “S” Dhand (7.31 percent) round out the remaining candidates.
Challenger Cary Chen, a business owner, held an early lead for one of three seats in the Rowland Unified school board election with 19 percent of the vote, with absentees and only four of 32 precincts reporting.
Incumbent Robert Hidalgo and challenger Kimo Morris, a college biology teacher, were also in an early position to claim the remaining two spots.
Hidalgo had a more comfortable lead with about 17 percent, but Morris had a slight margin over fourth place with 14.73 percent. (Incumbent Gilbert Garcia was at 14.7 percent.)
Incumbents Gloria Olmos, Rudy Martinez and David Del Rio were leading in the election for three seats on the Valle Lindo School Board in South El Monte.
Olmos hold about 32 percent of the votes, with only absentees and four of the six precincts reporting.
The two-school district serves about 900 students. Martinez held 27 percent and Del Rio 24 percent of the votes.
Challenger “Jackie” Tovar was at about 17 percent of the votes.
The two-school district serves about 900 students.
Covina-Valley Unified incumbent Chuck Kemp and challenger Richard White were leading in early election results for two open school board seats.
Incumbent Teri Meister had an early hold for third place, according to absentee ballots and one of 20 precincts reporting.
Diamond Bar City Council incumbents Steve Tye and Ron Everett have early leads in their bids for three seats, according to absentee ballots.
Challenger Ling-Ling Chang, who runs a non-profit education center in Hacienda Heights, is third.
They are followed, in order, by challengers David Liu, Robert Velazquez, Lucy Huang and Shawn “S” Dhand.
The New Jersey governor’s race is too close to call between Republican Chris Christie and Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine, according to the Associated Press’s exit poll.
Voters said their top concerns were the economy and jobs, followed by property
Corzine scored help from President Obama during his campaign but faced stiff challenges from Christie and Independent Chris Daggett.
In one of the few gubernatorial elections across the country, Virginia overwhelming elected Republican Bob McDonnell with nearly 60 percent of the vote, according to the Associated Press.
Unofficial results showed McDonnell defeated Democrat Creigh Deeds in a state which has increasingly swung Democratic in recent elections, the AP reported.
Many saw the election as a early report card on President Obama, who won Virginia during his election, and the Democratic controlled-Congress before next years midterm elections.
McDonnell, a former state attorney general, will be the state’s first Republican governor in eight years.
No more than an hour after listening to former E-Bay CEO Meg Whitman — who is the focus of speculation that she will run for governor — discuss with a House forum of Republicans ways out of the nation’s economic woes, I accidentally ended up sitting two seats away from her in the gallery of the House of Representatives.
No, I wasn’t stalking her for a story.
By way of some scheduling logistics with Rep. David Dreier’s office, where I had a meeting with the congressman, I ended up in the gallery, about 20 minutes after writing another article about the forum at the McDonald’s at the National Air & Space Museum.
You know, McDonalds can be a great place to get work done, if you put your mind to it. The gallery would have been too, if security officials would have allowed notebooks and cameras inside.
Anyway, it’s true I wasn’t stalking her, but as Whitman, former Schwarzenegger spokesman Rob Stutzman and Stutzman’s acting spokesman Henry Gomez left the gallery toward Dreier’s office, I couldn’t help but ask if she for sure was running for California’s top political seat.
I guess being known to them as the sole reporter in the bunch, my question was doomed to fail.
Basically, the answer was no comment.
But it was worth a try, right?