In late returns, San Leandro City Council incumbent Jim Prola was headed to victory with 56 percent of the vote in District 6, compared with challenger Hermy Almonte's 44 percent.
Incumbent Ursula Reed was leading in District 2 with 42 percent of the vote. Challenger Morgan Mack-Rose had 38 percent and Dan Dillman 20 percent.
In District 4, four candidates ran for the post, with no incumbent seeking re-election. Benny Lee had 43 percent, Chris Crow had 25 percent, Darlene Daevu 20 percent and Justin Hutchison 11 percent.
San Leandro uses ranked-choice voting, also known as instant runoff voting. It allows voters to rank a first, second and third choice for a single office. Whoever wins a majority of more than 50 percent is declared the winner. If no candidate wins more than 50 percent, a process of eliminating candidates and transferring votes begins.
Prola, a retired water analyst, was appointed to the City Council in 2007 and elected to his first full council term in 2008. Almonte, a property manager, is vice president of the San Leandro school board.
Reed was first elected to the council in 2008. She is director of human resources in the Hayward school district.
Mack-Rose serves as San Leandro school board president, and Dillman is vice president of the South San Leandro Business Association. The Bal Theatre owner is appealing a misdemeanor battery on a peace officer conviction, contending that two sheriff's investigators actually assaulted him in the 2010 altercation. He also is suing the Sheriff's Office.
Lee, a financial analyst for a nonprofit agency, serves on the city Personnel Relations Board.
Crow, a business consultant, is a former Planning Commissioner. Daevu, a health analyst, serves on the city's Senior Commission. Hutchison, a manager at Target, has no political experience.
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