“It means a greater responsibility,” van Bremen said. “It’s very nice that the community felt me worthy of this.”
Battles was having dinner with friends and family at her home when she got the news about her win.
“I think it’s a little bit of a relief to know that all the things I am working on — I now have a lot of time to make them right,” she said.
The new council makeup, Battles said, will work well together to help Crescenta Valley residents.
“I think you are going to see some new things come out of the council,” she said. “I think you are going to see a lot more outreach to this community, which is really what we need to be doing.”
The council, which comprises nine regular members and three alternates, acts as a community liaison with Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who represents the area.
Wins for three other candidates earned them spots as alternates on the council. Alternate positions are one-year terms, and they have voting rights only when a regular council member is absent.
Incumbent Charles Beatty, who held the first alternate spot, will remain an alternate on the town council. Challengers Kim Mattersteig and Silvana Casalegno also won seats as alternates.
Mattersteig got 127 votes and will be the first alternate. Beatty received 92 votes and will assume the second alternate spot. Casalegno came in with 76 votes and will be the third alternate.
Terms are up for incumbents President Steve Pierce, Corresponding Secretary Liz Arnold and alternate Joyce Lauterback, who did not run for reelection.
Challenger Wendy Alane Smith didn’t receive enough votes to earn a spot on the town council. She received 48 votes.
Town council elections were held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the Rosemont Middle School auditorium.