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IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. — The race for mayor of Imperial Seaside is neck-and-neck between two candidates, early outcomes confirmed Tuesday evening.

The ultimate outcomes might take a number of days, however proper now the highest two candidates are separated by simply 23 votes.

Poll counts will are available waves to find out the following mayor of Imperial Seaside.

“So fingers crossed. We’ll see the way it goes,” mayoral candidate Paloma Aguirre mentioned.

“Yeah there’s votes nonetheless coming in,” mayoral candidate Shirley Nakawatase mentioned. “You by no means know.”

Proper now, Councilmember Aguirre has a slight lead with simply over 42%.

“Our margin narrowed in a single day. We’re cautiously optimistic that the following batch will once more widen it. It’s early. We’re simply hopeful,” Aguirre mentioned.

Aguirre is a Democrat and can be the primary Latina mayor of Imperial Seaside, if elected. She says a few of her priorities will embody addressing the sewage spills from Mexico.

“It impacts the environment. It impacts our economic system. It impacts public well being. Housing affordability is big. 70% of residents in IB are renters. So lots of people are going through displacement,” Aguirre mentioned.

Her Republican challenger, Shirley Nakawatase, is shut behind with simply over 41%.

“I ran as a result of I wished to have the most effective for Imperial Seaside,” Nakawatase mentioned.

Nakawatase additionally seeks to repair the sewage spill drawback.

“If I might have the miracle occur the place america and Mexico might work collectively and clear up this. That may be a stupendous, lovely factor. I feel we obtained to get plenty of assist from our federal authorities,” Nakawatase mentioned.

In third place is John “Jack” Fisher, who serves town as mayor professional tem.

In final place is Vance Locke, who’s on the poll however didn’t marketing campaign.

The following batch replace is Thursday at 5 p.m.

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