At the conclusion of Friday morning’s election canvass where a remaining 550 ballots were tallied, first-term councilman Wayne Powell and first-timers Mark Burton and Tony D’Errico prevailed as the winners of the Manhattan Beach City Council race.
Powell, who on Tuesday secured a nearly 1,000-vote margin from second-place candidate Mark Burton, came out at the top with 3,983 votes or 28.8 percent of total votes cast. Burton, a former municipal counsel for the City of Los Angeles, won 2,972 votes total, or 21.5 percent, followed by small business owner Tony D’Errico, who finished with 2,391 votes, or 17.3 percent total.
The horse race for fourth place was the only significant change brought by the ballots tallied in Friday’s canvass. Two-time councilman and mayor Mitch Ward, who trailed behind former TV executive Mark Lipps by a thin margin of nine votes Tuesday night, came out at top Friday by a mere two votes, a total of 2,085 or 15 percent. Lipps won 2,083 votes total.
Activist Viet Ngo scored 301 votes total, or 2.1 percent of total votes.
City Treasurer Tim Lilligren ran unopposed to retain his seat, and received 3,899 votes.
The new City Council elects will be sworn in at the March 19 City Council meeting.
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