Fullerton City Councilman Don Bankhead won re-election Tuesday, but a race for a second, four-year seat was separated by less than 50 votes Thursday morning.

A third council opening to fill the remaining two years of former councilman and now Supervisor Shawn Nelson’s term was captured by Bruce Whitaker.

With all 101 precincts reporting, Bankhead had 21.1 percent of the vote. The next two candidates, Doug Chaffee and former police chief Pat McKinley, had 18.1 percent and 18.0 percent, respectively. As of Thursday morning, they were separated by 42 votes.

The top two vote getters will serve four-year City Council terms. With only 42 votes separating Chaffee and McKinley and an unknown number of absentee ballots yet to be counted, the race is undecided.

Candidates running for the two four-year openings with all precincts reporting:

Don Bankhead: 21.1 percent

Doug Chaffee: 18.1 percent

Pat McKinley: 18 percent

Greg Sebourn: 11 percent

Barry Levinson: 10.6 percent

Marty Burbank: 9.7 percent

Jesse La Tour: 8.3 percent

Johnnie Atkinson: 3.2 percent

Candidates for the two-year seat with all precincts reporting:

Bruce Whitaker: 37.8 percent

Roland Chi: 29.3 percent

Aaron Gregg: 23.4 percent

Anthony N. Fonte: 9.5 percent


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