The final results for three seats on the Fillmore City Council show Carrie Broggie and Albert Mendez leading the full-term races while Chris Gurrola won the half-term race. The Nov. 8 election results were certified Wednesday.
The winner of the half-term race will serve the remaining term of late councilmember Ari Larsen, who died last year after being elected in 2020. Gurrola, an Air National Guard officer, received 2,262 votes, or nearly 60% of the total, while current councilmember and retired educator Lynn Edmonds had 1,513 votes, or nearly 40%.
Four other candidates vied for two full-term seats. The top two vote-getters will serve four years.
Broggie led the group with 1,767 votes, or nearly 28.8% of the total, followed by Mendez with 1,650 votes, or nearly 26.8%. Broggie is a former councilmember who served from 2014 to 2018 and is a retired legal assistant. Mendez is an accounts payable coordinator.
Broggie, who ran for Fillmore City Council successfully in 2014 but lost re-election in 2018, said she was feeling confident in the results, despite the difficulty in predicting how an election can turn out.
"No matter how you feel on election night, it can go either way," Broggie said.
In third place was Luis Alberto Rodriguez, an inventory manager, with 1,636 votes, or nearly 26.7%, followed by Zachary Lotshaw, a communications director and law student, with 1,082 votes, or nearly 17.6%.
Rodriguez fell behind the second-highest vote-getter with a margin of nine votes after totals updated last week.
"Regardless of whether I make City Council or not, I'm going to keep doing what I'm doing for the city," Rodriguez said.
Jeremy Childs is a general assignment reporter covering courts, crime and breaking news for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached at 805-437-0208, email@example.com, and on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.
This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: Fillmore City Council election results for Nov. 8, 2022