Robert Frutos claimed enough votes after Tuesday's primary to clinch a seat on the City Council, bypassing the need to compete in the April 9 general election and forcing the three incumbents into a match up in which only two seats remain.
With all 42 precincts reporting by 12:45 a.m. Wednesday, Frutos claimed 53% of the vote.
It was sweet revenge for a candidate who just two years ago lost the same race by 86 votes.
Reached by phone, earlier in the evening, Frutos said he was “very honored and blessed people have confidence in my candidacy.”
Incumbents David Gordon and Jess Talamantes rounded out the top three, with 4,670 and 4,319 votes, respectively. Longtime incumbent Dave Golonski held on at No. 4 with 4,089 and Dave Nos was in fifth place with 3,144.
Juan Guillen Jr. was eliminated from the general election ballot after coming last.
“You could always wish you could do more, knock on more doors,” Guillen said as the results came in. “At the very least, I hope I opened people's eyes to the dealings that go on in our City Council that just aren't right.”