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Baldwin Park elects 26-year-old as first new mayor in two decades, brings back council member

Baldwin Park elects 26-year-old as first new mayor in two decades, brings back council member
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Baldwin Park is expected to get its first new mayor in two decades if 26-year-old Emmanuel Estrada’s lead over long-time Mayor Manny Lozano holds up against any potential remaining mail-in and drop-off ballots tallied this week.

The unofficial election results showed Estrada captured about 52.3% of the vote to Lozano’s 47.7% as of Wednesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, the fight for two open City Council seats has established one clear winner and one likely winner. Councilwoman Monica Garcia secured 33% of the vote, a sizable lead over the other three challengers.

The second seat came down to a close battle between businessman Daniel Damian and appointed Councilwoman Jean Ayala, with about 350 votes separating them. Damian, the likely winner, received 26.8% of the vote while Ayala collected 25.3%, according to the results.

The outcome of the mayoral race ended up being the election’s biggest surprise. Lozano, seeking his 11th term, previously defeated Estrada — and another opponent — decisively just two years ago.

But Estrada, who took out a second job to finance the race, said he sees the success of his grassroots campaign this year as a symbol of voters’ desire for a new perspective.

“We’re […]

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