Although there are still ballots left to be counted in the November 6th election, Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner has won re-election, and it looks like Council candidates Anthony Kuo and Farrah Khan will win the two open seats vacated by Jeffrey Lalloway and Lynn Schott.
In the months leading up to the election, mega-developer FivePoint Communities spent more than $1 million in support of Wagner, Kuo and Carrie O’Malley (the third member of the Wagner pro-developer team). FivePoint also invested heavily in vicious attack ads against Mayoral candidate Ed Pope and several of the Council candidates.
Farrah Khan was the only candidate — with no outside money funding her campaign — to overcome the relentless FivePoint-funded attacks that came in the closing weeks of the race. Although ballots continue to be counted, Khan currently holds the top position.
16-year incumbent Sharon Wallin won her re-election bid in the Irvine School Board, Trustee Area 2 race, which includes University Park and the southern half of both Woodbridge and Westpark.
In addition to the Council and School Board results, there are two hotly contested races in Irvine that continue to be too-close-to-call.
With tens of thousands of ballots still being counted, Democratic challenger Cottie Petrie-Norris is leading Republican incumbent Matthew Harper in the 74th Assembly District race. The two candidates are currently separated by 1,817 votes.
In the 45th Congressional District, Republican incumbent Mimi Walters has a dwindling lead of just 2,009 votes over Democratic challenger Katie Porter — 107,132 votes to 105,123 votes. According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, there are still tens of thousands of ballots to be counted in the 45th CD.
To see the latest results on all races across the County, click here.
ICNV will continue to monitor results as they are reported and will update our readers on the final outcome.
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