Nearly a month after election night, the third and final full-term seat open on the Santa Monica City Council has been filled, according to election results certified by the secretary of state.
By a margin of just 56 votes, or 0.08 percent, out of thousands of ballots cast, incumbent Bob Holbrook has earned a sixth four-year term on the City Council. Holbrook received 12,775 votes to edge out challenger Ted Winterer, a city planning commissioner, who tallied 12,719 votes. The final Nov. 2 election results were certified by the secretary of state Nov. 30, a spokesperson at the county registrar’s office said.
The office has not received any request for a recount, the registrar spokesperson said.
With Holbrook’s victory, each of the incumbent candidates was reelected to the council, as Kevin McKeown garnered the most votes at 16,337 and Pam O’Connor received 14,535 votes. In the race for two-year terms, appointed Councilmembers Terry O’Day and Gleam Davis were elected with 15,948 and 13,370 votes, respectively.
Acknowledging his slim margin of victory, Holbrook said he was pleased with how he and Winterer ran their campaigns and was happy to come out on top in the end. Following election night, Holbrook was ahead by 146 votes, but the margin shifted as provisional and absentee ballots were counted, until the incumbent was ultimately declared the winner.
“It was a very close race,” Holbrook noted. “I don’t want to characterize it as a battle; it was just two guys who worked hard to get elected to the City Council.”
Winterer could not immediately be reached for comment on the election results.
Holbrook, who stressed that thousands of people voted for both him and Winterer, said he plans to be available to the people who voted for the challenger and will continue to work hard to make Santa Monica a better place.