Mayor Don Wagner overwhelmingly
Wagner received 46.6 percent of the 43,274 votes cast for mayoral candidates by Irvine residents. Challenger Ed Pope lagged well behind with 32.3 percent of votes. The remaining two candidates, Katherine Daigle and Ing Tiong, earned 15.3 percent and 5.8 percent respectively.
Newcomers to the Irvine City Council are Anthony Kuo (14.7 percent) and Farrah Khan (14.5 percent). In a close race with O'Malley ahead of Khan through all updates until 1:00 a.m., Khan pulled ahead of candidate Carrie O'Malley (14 percent) by just 389 votes.
The Registrar of Voters will continue to count votes received through the mail, at polling places, and provisional ballots cast by voters who lost or misplaced their ballots. As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, the estimate of ballots to count countywide were 418,600. It is impossible to guess how many are Irvine ballots, but the Registrar will continue to count and update results every day at 5:00 p.m. until they are final.
The election was a clear message that a majority of Irvine voters support Wagner's mandate to manage the city's future growth based on the long-held master plan. Irvine is widely acclaimed as a model city with a healthy mix of residential, commerce and lifestyle that has produced one of the safest and most desirable places to live in the world. Wagner has been a staunch proponent of staying the course in terms of the city's measured approach to build out, and he now has two more years to make sure that happens.
Kuo and Khan or O'Malley will bring new blood to the five-member council as they join council members Christina Shea and Melissa Fox. A longtime planning commissioner, Kuo has been a vocal advocate of protecting Irvine's quality of life through proper planning and strong support for Irvine schools, some of the best in the nation. Khan has been visible in civic affairs for many years and was an active Community Services Commissioner.
Stay tuned to Irvine City News for updates.