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Election Update: District 7 Race Sees Jason Lyon Slip in Vote Count But Still Top 50%

Published on Saturday, June 18, 2022 | 5:55 am

Newly-counted returns in Pasadena’s District 7 Council race show a jump in votes for third place Allen Shay diluting frontrunner Jason Lyon’s margin over the 50% of votes he needs to avoid a runoff, but Lyon still appears to be secure in a win.

Lyon clings to 51.37% of the count, enough to win outright if his lead continues. If victorious he will fill the seat vacated by outgoing Councilmember Andy Wilson.

Ciran Hadjian remains in second place at 36.32% of the votes cast.

On Friday the Los Angeles County Registrar’s office released its third post-election update of results from the June 7th statewide primary. The update includes 312,328 ballots processed countywide since Election Night.

Incumbent Councilmember John Kennedy remained far ahead of newcomer opponent Brandon Lamar in District 3. Councilmember Jess Rivas ran unopposed and captured 100% of the vote for District 5.

The Pasadena City College Board of Trustee primary election count revealed a dramatic shift in a very closely-fought see-saw race in Trustee Area 7 where newcomer Alton Wang flipped percentages with incumbent Anthony Fellow.

Wang now sits atop the magic 50% of votes needed to win without a runoff.

Steve Gibson increased his lead over Berlinda Brown and looks as the very likely new PCC Trustee for Area 3.

Kristine Kwong pulled out farther ahead of Linda Wah, now leading 52.55% over Wah’s 47.45% in Trustee Area 5.

The next update will be released Tuesday, June 21 according to Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan. Further tallies are scheduled for June 24, and June 28 if needed.

California state law requires the County Registrar to complete and certify results within 30 days. This provision of the law recognizes the complexity of completing the ballot count and conducting a thorough audit of the election results to ensure accuracy.

The Registrar’s office said in a statement that it realizes it is difficult for candidates/campaigns involved in close contests to wait for results of the election. The legally mandated processes described above are utilized to guarantee that every vote is counted and included in the official final election returns.

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