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Carp City Council Still Up for Grabs

Like many of the other votes this week, the race for Carpinteria City Council remains too tight to call, save for the re-election of incumbent Joe Armendariz, who garnered 26.67 percent of the more than 7300 votes already counted. Coming in second before the provisional and late absentee ballots is eco-candidate Kathleen Reddington, but she's only 25 votes ahead of Carp native Steve McWhirter. Former planning commission and transportation consultant Chuck McQuary came in last, and will likely stay there.

"I've never been one to float on false hopes, and I hope I'm not," said Reddington. "It seems pretty clean right now, and I look forward to serving the people of Carpinteria."

However, Armendariz, with his seat safely locked, claimed that his friend McWhirter would win. "Steve's gonna win this race," he said. As for his own victory, Armendariz enthused, "It's confirmation by the voters. It's sweet."

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