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
— TRACY WOOD
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