Leimgruber keeps seat

March 06, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

District 5 incumbent County Supervisor Wally Leimgruber appears to have been re-elected over challenger Brawley City Councilman Esteban "Steve" Vasquez in an unofficial final count early today.

The District 5 race was tighter than the District 1 supervisorial race, with a difference of only 135 votes and one precinct not reporting.

Leimgruber had 1,293 votes for 52.54 percent over Vasquez, who had 1,158 votes for 47.05 percent as of 1:48 a.m. Wednesday with 35 of 36 District 5 precincts reporting.

County Registrar of Voters Dolores Provencio said absentee ballots still need to be counted before an official result can be published.


Provencio said she did not know how many absentee ballots needed to be counted or when the results would be official.

The county registrar of voters finished counting ballots at 1:48 a.m. Provencio said the missing District 5 precinct is probably a mail-in precinct that still needs to be counted.

Leimgruber said he is cautiously optimistic but doesn't want to celebrate yet since one precinct was still out.

"I want to commend Vasquez. He's a formidable opponent," Leimgruber said.

Redistricting brought some new voters come into District 5 but the race in the district is always a tight one, he said.

"Last time we were only 17 votes ahead at 2 a.m.," Leimgruber said.

Election results for Imperial County are posted on the county's Web site at:

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