Whittier to elect three to City Council

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIn one race, incumbents Bob Henderson and Greg Nordbak are seeking their fifth and fourth terms, respectively. They face lone challenger Joe Marsico. Richard Bright and Roberta Reid are write-in candidates. In the other race, Alex Moisa, Joe Vinatieri and Arthur Rock are vying for the unexpired two-year term of Councilman Doug Lopez. Local political observers projected a normal voter turnout today. “There’s no overriding controversy,” said Whittier Councilman Owen Newcomer, who teaches political science at Rio Hondo College. “There’s nothing to drive up unusually high numbers.” WHITTIER – Voters go to the polls today to elect three people to the Whittier City Council. Voter turnout is expected to be in the 20 to 25 percent range. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Voters looking for their precinct should call the City Clerk’s Office, (562) 464-3324, or consult the city’s Web site, cityofwhittier.org. Results will be available on the city’s cable-access Channel 6 and the city’s Web site. Counting of ballots will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. Six candidates are on the ballot. Barbara Stone, professor of political science at Cal State Fullerton and a Whittier resident, agreed. “I’ve seen no sign of unusual activities,” Stone said. “You’ve got an open seat. People are campaigning hard, going door to door. I would think that would motivate a reasonable segment of the population to vote.” Louis Reyes, vice chairman of the Whittier Latino Coalition, believes the turnout will be lower than normal, in part because of changing demographics. “You used to have higher turnouts, but people who had lived here a long time have either died or moved away,” Reyes said. “You now have a huge residence base that doesn’t know or understand Whittier.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img