A rainy evening kept Burbank Unified School District candidates in
their homes Tuesday night, waiting for results that by press time had
not been tallied. Though candidates didn't make it to City Hall,
where the votes were being tallied, the rain didn't keep voters from
dropping off their ballots, City Clerk Margarita Campos said.
Candidate Roland Armstorff actually showed up briefly at City Hall
Tuesday evening but went home to await results when he found out
officials hadn't started counting ballots yet.
"It turned out to be kind of a boring evening," he said. But
Armstorff, who ran for election in 2003, expected a runoff to be
decided in April's general election.
Along with Armstorff, candidates for school board include Larry
Applebaum, Nikki Capshaw, Debbie Kukta, Ira Lippman and Susan Bowers.
They ran for two open seats on the council. Trish Burnett and
Connie Lackey are outgoing school board members.
"All the candidates ran a pretty good campaign, so I don't know
who will be in there," said Armstorff, hoping he would be a contender
for a runoff election.
This was the first primary election where mail-in/drop-off ballots
were used. The city clerk's office expected results by about 9 p.m.,
but officials didn't begin counting ballots until after 9:30 p.m.
"I went into the office last week, and they were hopeful they'd be
putting results up by 8 or 9 p.m.," Kukta said.
Officials said the count went late because several ballots were
dropped off by hand Tuesday.
Candidate Susan Bowers patiently awaited results late Tuesday
evening at her home but was curious to see how the new ballot process
"What I'm interested to see is how it affected the turnout,"
Bowers said. "I did find that there were some people that were so
confused about the process. Some people didn't really know it was a
All in all, Bowers was pleased with how candidates conducted their
I have been very pleased with the high roads the candidates have
taken," Bowers said. "It's been a very clean campaign."
* ROSETTE GONZALES covers education. She may be reached at (818)
637-3205 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.