Local Election Results

Andre Lucas, Co-Copy Editor

On Nov. 3, despite a crowded field of 9 candidates in the Downey City Council Election, 3 candidates came out victorious. District 1 re-elected Blanca Pacheco, defeating Alexandria Contreras with 69.66% of the vote. District 3 elected Catherine Alvarez, defeating Eric Pierce and Dalejuan Peevy with 48.42% of the vote. District 5 elected Mario Trujillo, defeating Carrie Uva, Art Gonzalez, and Juan Martinez with 46.94% of the vote.


Re-elected to her second term, Pacheco, though she will no longer serve as the mayor, voiced her excitement to continue serving her community as a council member.


“I am incredibly humbled and excited that the Downey residents in District 1 have re-elected me to continue serving on city council,” Pacheco stated. “I look forward to continue being engaged and continue my service to the community.”


Elected to his first term, Trujillo not only thanked his supporters for trusting him to represent them on the council but also pledged to be a council member for those who did not vote for him.


“To the voters, I thank them for their vote of confidence in me,” Trujillo said. “I am a firm believer in Democracy, so I pledge to represent them.”


A first-time politician, Alvarez also thanked her supporters for putting their trust in her but called on her supporters to help fulfill her plans for them, which she views as an opportunity to bring people together.


“I’m here because of their vote, and I’m thankful for it,” Alvarez stated. “But I need help from the people because we got to do things together. When we’re united, we make better.”


In the school board elections, Giggy Perez-Saab was re-elected in Trustee Area 2 with 61.41% of the vote, defeating Carlos Avalos and Ethan Rodriguez while Jose Rodriguez won in Trustee Area 3 with 47.9% of the vote, defeating Cathy Ballon-Godinez, and Angie Rademaker. Linda Saldana, of Trustee Area 4, and D. Mark Morris, of Trustee Area 6, ran unopposed.