La Mirada returns incumbent to office

first_imgVoter turnout was 10.3 percent. Dames, 69, and Malkin, 62, were elected to fourth terms, while Jones, 59, was elected to his third term. This should be Malkin’s last four years on the council. During the campaign, he said he doesn’t plan to run again. The results were not a surprise, Dames said. “It’s very difficult to beat an incumbent,” he said. “An incumbent would almost have to screw up.” LA MIRADA – Concluding a no-frills campaign, voters on Tuesday returned incumbents Pete Dames, Steve Jones and Hal Malkin to the City Council, where each will serve another four years. The three defeated 28-year-old substitute teacher Mark Del Pino, who ran a youth-oriented campaign. He had called for more diversity on the La Mirada City Council and said his youth would have brought a different perspective to the body. He also had hoped to overcome a lack of name identity through use of his MySpace Web site, some signs and word of mouth. He favored creating more park space and new recreational programs for youngsters not into sports. Malkin received 2,098 votes and 31.4 percent of the vote, Jones, 2,037 and 30.4 percent, and Dames, 1,951 votes and 29.1 percent. Meanwhile, Del Pino was limited to 591 votes and 8.9 percent, according to unofficial results Tuesday. In addition to win, you need to be visible and contribute to the community.” The last incumbent to lose in La Mirada was Ken Jones in 1986. Jones had some advise for Del Pino. “If he’s really serious (about running), he needs to do some volunteer work or apply for a commission,” he said. Challengers also have it difficult because things are going well in La Mirada, Jones said. “Our challenge is to remain vigilant to make sure things keep going well.” Malkin said the goal during the next four years will be to complete projects, such as the aquatic center, move of Home Depot and a new residential project on Alondra Boulevard. “We’ve got a lot of stuff on the plate,” Dames said. The three incumbents each spent between $1,500 and $1,800, choosing not to raise any money. Instead, they relied on money left over from past campaigns. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more