Redondo Beach City Councilmen Steve Aspel and Matt Kilroy will face off in a May 14 runoff election after securing the top two spots in Tuesday's mayoral race.
Although Aspel came in first place with 39.7 percent of the vote, according to final, unofficial returns, that didn't push him over the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff.
Still, the 60-year-old Aspel led in the four-way race throughout the night Tuesday as mail-in and precinct votes were counted from across the city. Still to be counted are some 1,600 provisional and mail-in ballots that were dropped off at the precincts, City Clerk Eleanor Manzano said.
Kilroy, a 55-year-old Adams Middle School science teacher who is halfway through his second term in District 5, ended up with 28.4 percent of the vote.
At one point, Kilroy trailed District 3 Councilman Pat Aust by a 10-vote margin. But the 64-year-old former fire chief, who has two years left in his second term, landed in third place with 21.7 percent of the vote.
Trailing the three councilmen was political newcomer Eric Coleman, 31, with 10.2 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, Redondo Beach residents also cast votes Tuesday for 10 council candidates running for seats in Districts 1, 2 and 4.
In the city's southernmost District 1, where Aspel is termed out, Jeff Ginsburg and Jim Light are headed to a runoff election.
The 49-year-old Ginsburg, who runs a property management business, clinched the first-place spot in the four-way race with 41.
They were followed by Kim Fine, 45, the owner of a time management business, with 24.6 percent. Nonprofit attorney Dianne Prado, 32, trailed with 5.5 percent.
In District 2, voters re-elected Councilman Bill Brand, who first won his seat representing the pier, King Harbor and surrounding neighborhoods, in 2009.
The 55-year-old American Airlines crew chief beat Harbor Commission Chairman Michael Jackson, 58, with 55.9 percent of the vote to Jackson's 34.4 percent.
A third candidate, Susan Kowalski, 52, who owns a company that sells logo products to college bookstores, was in third place with 9.6 percent.
If there was sparring among council candidates, it was probably felt most in the District 2 race, where Jackson was critical of Brand. He argued the councilman's role advocating for Measure A - the controversial power plant rezoning measure on Tuesday's ballot - was taking away from other issues of importance to residents.
Brand shot back that Jackson raised money from outside interests and smeared him in negative mailers.
In District 4, where Councilman Steve Diels is termed out, voters will see yet another runoff.
Stephen Sammarco, 44, who runs a public/government affairs firm on Artesia Boulevard, led in the three-way race with 40.9 percent of the vote. Landing in second place - and earning a runoff spot - was Jan Jeffreys, 74, a city library commissioner, who had 31.8 percent.
Julian Stern, an 18-year-old student at Lawndale's Environmental Charter High School, trailed with 27.3 percent of the vote despite winning support from current and past elected leaders and the city's Chamber of Commerce.
Also on Tuesday, City Attorney Mike Webb was unopposed for a third term.
Redondo wrapped up its vote count in council chambers just about midnight Tuesday. Manzano said the late hour of the tally was due in part to ballots arriving at City Hall later than usual - around 9:30 p.m. - from the city's 10 precincts.
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