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LA MESA -- Election Day in La Mesa began quietly and has stayed that way. There were no long lines at the polls. Many voters had taken advantage of absentee ballots and those who were voting live moved quickly through most precincts.
In the Village, City Councilman Ernie Ewin, donned his colorful election day shirt (see photo above) and hosted his traditional luncheon for candidates and the media at SanFilippo' s Italian restaurant. That event drew four of the five City Council candidates (only Ruth Sterling passed) and La Mesa Spring Valley School Board candidate Bill Baber. Also, Lori Kern, a candidate for the Helix Water District board attended.
Baber, a long-time political specialist, was in big demand because of his expertise in managing elections and analyzing results. Baber said the key moments this evening come soon after 8 p.m. when the Registrar of Voters reveal the results of the absentee ballots that were filed and tallied prior to election day. Those numbers usually reflect the overall vote, he said, and can give you a good early indication of leaders and losers.
The candidates left lunch and went back out to wave a corners, hoping to bring in a few final voters before the polls close. Some were planning parties this evening, others were heading to the traditional candidate gathering place at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego.