Robert Frutos' City Council victory Tuesday marks the first election since 1999 in which the rare act of an incumbent being unseated is a certainty.
Frutos' win in the primary leaves four candidates — including three incumbents — to compete in April for the two remaining seats, meaning one incumbent is guaranteed to lose his seat.
Having lost the City Council race by a mere 86 votes two years ago, this year, Frutos surpassed the next-highest vote-getter by more than 550 votes, suggesting Burbank residents are ready to ditch the status quo.
“They never forgot about me from two years ago,” Frutos said of voters when reached Wednesday. “People want an elected body that's responsive to their concerns.”
Throughout election night, Frutos maintained a steady lead as city officials released voting results by batches of precincts.
“People are ready for an elected official to represent everybody across the whole city equally and fairly,” Frutos said.