Hernandez retains council seat

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Updated: 11/06/2013 12:52 am
Election to recall District 1 City Councilman Victor Hernandez:
36 of 36 Boxes:

For: 42% 
Against: 58%

Voters voting "For" want Councilman Hernandez removed from City Council, while "Against" want Hernandez to keep his seat. 

This election is the result of a valid petition by a group of residents known as the "Campaign to Vacate Victor". In June, they turned in more than the 448 required signatures to trigger a recall election.  
Of the 16,937 registered voters in District 1, 1,558 voted in the recall election.

Hernandez said the work is far from over. He said he now wants the community to move forward.

"The biggest challenge through the recall effort whether it was the petition drive, or through the election, is how are we going to come back together as a community that is a paramount importance to me, because these folks who initiated this are part of the community," Hernandez said.

Councilman Hernandez isn't finished with elections. He has to run for his seat in May. Council positions one, three and five and the Mayor's seat will be on that ballot.

Former County Commissioner Ysidro Gutierrez headed up the effort to remove Councilman Hernandez from office. 

Gutierrez said Hernandez is a divider and not a uniter and plans to see a good candidate beat out Hernandez in the spring.

"So, what we are doing, we are recruiting a candidate right now that will be able to be a highly-qualified candidate to run against Mr. Hernandez in the May city elections," he said.

Gutierrez said it hard to tell who the candidate would be.

"Well, I can't make any announcements for the candidates," he said. "All I can say is-it's not me. I can say that."

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