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Santa Clarita City Council Race '14: Dante Acosta Takes Third

Santa Clarita City Council Race ’14: Dante Acosta Takes Third

The votes for the Santa Clarita City Council race have been tallied and Dante Acosta claimed the third seat Tuesday.

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He joins Mayor Laurene Weste and Mayor Pro Tem Marsha McLean on the dais to cap only his second try in the political arena.

“I like that we had a lot of candidates,” Acosta said, “you had a lot of people involved, and it’s really an honor to participate in this process.”Santa Clarita City Council Race results

Acosta widened the 46-vote lead he brought into the final count, garnering a total of 4,937 votes.

“It’s been a juggling act,” Acosta said, describing the last week, “because on one hand you’re really excited and you’re ahead, but then you realize there’s still a fairly goood number of votes left.”

Acosta, who’s a day job is a financial adviser, said he was trying to catch up on things around the house and office work to keep his mind off of Tuesday’s impending vote.

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Weste garnered 6,210 votes and McLean had 5,677.

Alan Ferdman finished with 4,833 votes, Gloria Mercado-Fortine, who came in fifth, garnered 4,633 votes, and Duane Harte ended up sixth with 4,506.

“It was a long campaign season — this was probably a year-and-a-half campaign,” Ferdman said. “I think what was incredible was the amount of people we met, and the other candidates, and that more people are getting involved now. This is all part of the democratic process.”

A candidate has the option of requesting a recount, which the candidate would have to pay for, but Ferdman indicated before Tuesday’s count that wouldn’t be something he would seek.

“The voters have spoken and we need to respect that,” he added.

On Tuesday, Santa Clarita city officials had 981 outstanding ballots to count, most of them (705) coming in the form of vote-by-mail, and the rest (276) coming in the form of provisional ballots.

This was Acosta’s first attempt at seeking election in the Santa Clarita City Council race.

Acosta sought the seat of Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in the June 2012 primary election, eventually losing out to Democrat Lee Rogers and McKeon.


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