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20-year-old candidate for La Cañada school board pushes recount

November 09, 2011

A 20-year-old Princeton University student running for La Cañada Unified school board said he would pursue a recount after the unofficial tally Tuesday night left him short by just a dozen votes.

With just two seats up for grabs, the candidate, Andrew “AJ” Blumenfeld, finished a close third. He said at midnight Wednesday that if the outcome did not automatically prompt Los Angeles County officials to conduct a recount, he would make a formal request that they do so.

“Our priority is to make sure that every vote is accounted for,” Blumenfeld said. “They run [the ballots] through machines; we just want to make sure it is all right.”

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Candidates Ellen Multari and three-term incumbent Jeanne Broberg lead the race with 31% and 27% of the vote, respectively, according to unofficial results posted Wednesday morning by the Los Angeles County clerk’s office.

Ernest Koeppen was running a distant fourth, with 14 % of the vote. Board member Cindy Wilcox announced in March that she would not to seek reelection, guaranteeing at least one new face on the board.

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-- Megan O'Neil, Times Community News

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