Incumbents joined by Saleeby in Walnut council race

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Incumbents Nancy Tragarz and Tony Cartagena were the top vote-getters Tuesday in the City Council election, while challenger John Saleeby appears to have landed the third open seat on the dais.

Still, provisional ballots have yet to be counted and one voter may call for an outside audit of the election after a ballot box was opened during the middle of voting Tuesday.

Tragarz led the race the entire night and ended with 2,135 votes. Cartagena was the next highest vote-getter, with 1,746 votes. Saleeby, with 1,700 votes, edged out a strong showing from fourth place finisher Eric Ching by only 51 votes.

The top three vote-getters earn spots on the City Council.

Candidate Michael West came in a distant fifth.

Walnut election consultant Linda Gair said many provisional ballots have yet to be counted, so the results are still very unofficial.

“There are still several hundred ballots to be counted,” Gair said.

“Many were ballots turned in to City Hall and at the polling places,” she said. “Many were provisionals.”

All the provisional ballots will be counted on Monday.

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