By RON GONZALES / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
SANTA ANA – Mayor Miguel Pulido, facing a field of five other candidates seeking to unseat him as Santa Ana’s top elected official, on Tuesday won his 10th mayoral election.
Pulido led Councilman David Benavides by a nearly 2-1 margin, according to unofficial figures released by the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Ballots from all 108 of the city’s precincts have been counted, according to unofficial results.
Miguel Pulido shakes hands with supporters after winning re-election Tuesday night as the Mayor of Santa Ana.
Pulido ran on a record of championing development that has included the Artists Village and Discovery Science Center, and focused on his vision of a light-rail system that would connect Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Anaheim as well as a new charter high school planned by Orangewood Children’s Foundation. Benavides said he was running to loosen the grip that the mayor’s office has had on City Hall by unseating Pulido, who has held the position since 1994 and has won re-election every two years since.
When the new council is seated with two new faces, Pulido will continue to face a bloc that aligned in favor of term limits, a move that Pulido had been able to head off in previous attempts. They’re part of movement dubbed the “Santa Ana Spring.”
“I welcome this council and I’m ready to move forward and improve our beloved city of Santa Ana,” Pulido said. “I’m very happy with this victory. I got the kitchen sink thrown at me, and then some….There was a very strong effort on behalf of Councilman Benavides and that campaign, and I’m very pleased with what the voters did.”
Also seeking the mayor’s slot were engineer Roy Alvarado; retail manager Miguel Angel Briseno; analyst/production manager George Collins; and office specialist Lupe Moreno.
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