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Del Guercio, Spence triumph

March 05, 2009|By Ruth Longoria

Very few La Cañadans turned out at City Hall Tuesday night as tallies of La Cañada Flintridge precincts came in from the City Council election. However, voters of this city made a not-too-bad showing at the polls, with 22% of residents casting their votes. That’s opposed to the only about 15% of voters who cast their ballots in nearby Los Angeles, according to L.A.’s City Clerk’s office.

Up for grabs in La Cañada were two of the five seats on the council. Those seats were retained in a decisive victory for incumbents: Mayor Steve Del Guercio and Councilman Dave Spence.

The low turnout of people watching the numbers roll in at City Hall was, perhaps, due to city staff posting the numbers online on the city’s website as soon as the precinct votes came in. However, a handful of council members and friends of Del Guercio and Spence stopped by to relate to friends by cellphone where the numbers seemed to be headed.

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Del Guercio and Spence, surrounded by nearly 100 of their closest friends, family and co-workers, were over at Taylor’s Steakhouse — watching a computer screen — and celebrating in anticipation of their victory.

After her dad was declared a winner in the race, Cami Del Guercio, 12, a student at La Cañada High 7/8, said she was glad her dad was re-elected for another four year term.

“I know that the town I live in is in good hands. He’s a good man, he’s a good dad,” she said.

Steve Del Guercio said he was “delighted and gratified” voters returned him to office. “My opponents were honorable and it was a great race. I’m looking forward to another great four years,” he said.

Spence, however, wasn’t quite as charitable when he realized Del Guercio received more votes than he did in the race. “ Del Guercio beat me by 65 votes again. But, last time it was by 70, so I’m gaining on him,” Spence joked, referring to a friendly competition between the longtime council members.

Spence’s campaign manager, Sonia Chung, was quick to proclaim that the two are only joking about caring who gets more votes. “They’re on the same team, they take care of each other,” she said.

Spence said he’s glad residents supported both him and Del Guercio and returned them to the council.

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