As of today, Monday, November 13, at 1 p.m., Roger Aceves has edged out incumbent Cynthia Brock in the Goleta City Council race. This news comes as the county elections office completed counting all of the absentee ballots turned in on election day. If Aceves, who now has 3,938 votes, is able to maintain his lead over Brock, who has 3,917 votes, he will take the third open seat on the council. The only threat to the 21-vote difference are those absentee ballots that could not be processed on election day due to damage caused by the voter or the mail delivery.
If Aceves does beat Brock, none of Goleta’s three slow-growth incumbents, namely Brock, Margaret Connell (3,825 votes), or Jack Hawxhurst (3,108 votes), will resume their seats. Instead, they will be replaced by the moderate Aceves, a police detective, and the two pro-business candidates, Eric Onnen (4,410 votes) and Michael Bennett (4,460 votes), who both accepted money from Venoco and New York developers. With Onnen and Bennett (pictured) joining pro-biz Jean Blois on the five-seat council, an entire overhaul of the Goleta City Council’s exisiting draft general plan is likely.
To see the updated results, go here.