November 7, 2012 (El Cajon )—In one of the few victories for local conservatives thus far in the November 2012 elecitons, Councilmembers Tony Ambrose and Bill Wells have won reelection to the El Cajon City Council with 18.25% and 16.26% of the vote in the 8-person field. Councilman Bob McClellan is the likely victor in the third seat, with a narrow edge over challenger Ben Kalasho, 14.95% to 13.95%.
Although 100% of votes are reported counted, this does not include provisional ballots. Kalasho, a Democrat and member of the city’s Iraqi Chaldean population, trails McClellan by just 111 votes.
Issues in the race have included taxes, economic revitalization, and reopening the East County Performing Arts Center.
Lily Schworm received 10.85%, Kathy Spacone 10.34%, Christopher Shamoon 8.23%, and Duane Swainston 7.17%.