Paula Devine’s seat on the City Council has been secured as final election results certified this week by the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder show she was the top vote-getter.
While the percentage of votes garnered by each of the five council candidates for one open seat didn’t change much compared to election-night tallies, the number of votes that candidates received between June 3 and 30, increased.
For example, Devine finished with about 33% of the vote, which is similar to her percentage on election night. However, she culled a total of 6,614 votes at the end. As of June 3, she had 5,111 votes.
“It’s a relief that the count is finally in and I’m proud and humbled by the number of votes I got and I appreciate all the support,” Devine said when reached by phone.
It took about four weeks for the Registrar/Recorder to report a final count as county officials had to gather provisional, last-minute vote-by-mail and damaged ballots.
Candidates Vartan Gharpetian and Rick Barnes garnered nearly 22%, or 4,312, and about 21%, or 4,170, of the votes, respectively. Both gained about 1,000 votes since the June 3 initial count.
Chahe Keuroghelian followed with approximately 14%, or 2,793 votes. Mike Mohill rounded out the tail end of the spectrum with 1,925, or roughly 10%. Keuroghelian added about 700 votes, while Mohill gained roughly 400 compared to election night.
About 20% of the 97,282 registered Glendale voters sent in their ballots this past election. About 17% of the county’s registered voting population cast ballots on election day, which was also a statewide primary for positions such as governor.
Devine is slated to be on council for 10 months as she will be filling in for an appointed council member, Frank Quintero, who served for 14 months after former Councilman Rafi Manoukian left his seat on the council early after being elected City Treasurer. If Devine wants a full four-year term, she will have to run again in April.
Devine is scheduled to be sworn in on July 8, but she has already attended community events in her capacity as “councilwoman-elect,” such as the Museum of Neon Art’s ceremony to light a statue atop its new building on Brand Boulevard last week.
The County Board of Supervisors was set to approve the certified results on Tuesday.