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Faulconer Takes 51 Percent of Vote

Kevin Faulconer drew 51.23 percent of the votes cast in the Jan. 10 special election for the 2nd City Council District seat, defeating Lorena Gonzalez, who had 48.77 percent after all the votes were tallied Jan. 12.

San Diego businessman Ben Hueso, 36, won 71.12 percent of the vote in the Jan. 10 special election for the 8th District City Council seat. Hueso defeated Luis Acle, 62, the president of the San Diego Unified School District’s board of education, who drew 28.88 percent of the vote.

The new council members will be sworn into office Jan. 23, but still will have to compete for their seats again in the regular election set for June 6.

Faulconer, 38, a public relations executive, will be finishing up the term of Michael Zucchet, while Hueso will be completing the term of Ralph Inzunza. Both former councilmen resigned from office following their July 18 convictions on corruption charges.

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Zucchet was later acquitted of seven of nine charges, and was granted a new trial on the remaining two charges. But the U.S. attorney’s office still might seek an appeal of the acquittals.

, Pat Broderick

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