Alhambra canceled its municipal elections for the first time recorded. No challengers chose to oppose the three incumbent City Council candidates and two School Board members, so they will automatically be reelected in November. While in the recent past candidates have run unopposed, never has an entire slate remained empty and led to the election being canceled. (Alhambra residents will still have the opportunity to vote for candidates running for county, state and federal offices and ballot measures.)
Councilwoman Barbara Messina, who was first elected in 1986, explained the lack of interest was in large part because the current leadership is doing an excellent job. “Everything is running smoothly, everything is running well, why would you look to change it?” she said. “We have a balanced budget, we haven’t had to lay off people, we haven’t had to cut programs.”
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