CALIPATRIA — A political newcomer garnered the most votes in the City Council election here Monday.
Lea Anne O'Malley, director of the Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program's Steps of Success program in Calipatria, received 173 votes.
Re-elected were incumbents Lee Vasquez and Fred Beltran, both of whom have served one term on the council. Vasquez received 160 votes and Beltran 156 votes.
All three will serve four-year terms.
Mark Bourland and Roque Barros, both of whom have served on the council in the past, also sought election. Barros garnered 116 votes and Bourland 107 votes.
City Treasurer Sylvia Thomas was re-elected, having run unopposed. She received 206 votes.
O'Malley will take the seat of City Councilman Robert Nakadaira, who opted against seeking re-election.
O'Malley, Vasquez and Beltran will be sworn in during the council's April 23 meeting.
The council members will take their seats as the city is starting its budgeting process for the coming fiscal year, which starts in July. The city is facing a shortfall of about $950,000 — a deficit that has shrunk over the last year from about $1.2 million.