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Olhasso, Voss and Davitt lead council race

Final tally on Friday will include an additional 348 ballots that could boost Kamar.

March 09, 2011|By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com

La Cañada Flintridge City Council incumbents Laura Olhasso and Donald Voss, along with Planning Commissioner Michael Davitt, appeared poised for election victories after ballots were counted Tuesday night at City Hall, but there are still hundreds of votes left to count.

In the race for three open council seats, Olhasso leads the pack with 2,445 votes — 23.8% of those counted so far — followed by Voss with 2,034 (19.8%) and Davitt with 1,926 (18.8%).

Local businessman Charlie Kamar currently holds fourth place with 1,794 votes (17.5%), only 132 behind Davitt.

With 348 provisional and vote-by-mail ballots yet to be counted, it’s a margin small enough to leave Kamar some hope of victory.

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“I feel great. It’s my first time running and I’m still knocking on the door,” Kamar said Wednesday.

The remaining votes — which include vote-by-mail ballots turned in at the polls on Election Day — will be counted Friday, said City Clerk Sylvia Baca.

There are 14,166 registered voters in La Cañada Flintridge, and 3,918 ballots containing up to three votes on each were counted Tuesday. Voter turnout so far stands at 27.6%, not counting the ballots that have yet to be certified and counted.

So far, attorney James Hill is holding on to fifth place with 759 votes (7.4%), followed by retired scientist Robert Richter with 722 votes (7%), and registered nurse Jacqueline Harris with 568 (5.5%).

Davitt, who entertained attendees of a campaign wrap party at Dish restaurant Tuesday night as votes were being counted, said he was proud of his campaign.

“We got our message out, and I’m very appreciative that our neighbors and friends have believed in what we said,” Davitt said of his strong showing in the preliminary vote tally.

Voss and Olhasso also had reason to smile.

That the strongest showing of support came for the two incumbent candidates, said Voss, “is a signal the residents of this city are happy with the direction the council has taken over the last four to eight years.”

Voss, Olhasso and Harris were at City Hall Tuesday to watch votes being counted, while Davitt received regular updates from his son Patrick Davitt, 18, who cast his first-ever ballot in an election for his father.

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