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COUNCIL VICTORS BEST NEAR HOME.

Byline: Helen Gao Staff Writer

GLENDALE - All three newly elected City Council members bested their opponents on their home turf and were top vote-getters in areas where they campaigned heavily, according to a breakdown of precinct results released Friday.

Mayor Dave Weaver, who is from the Glenoaks Canyon neighborhood in east Glendale, received 223 votes in his precinct, compared with 159 for Frank Quintero and 69 for Bob Yousefian in Tuesday's election.

Quintero, whose home is in central Glendale, received 162 votes in his own precinct, compared with 92 for Weaver and 89 for Yousefian.

Yousefian, who is from the Maple Park area in south Glendale, received 120 votes in his own precinct compared with 86 for Quintero and 46 for Weaver. He also received high votes in the area around First Lutheran Church, adjacent to his precinct.

The precinct with the heaviest turnout was around First Congregational Church in central Glendale, which abuts the canyons. Out of 1,604 voters registered in the precinct, 405, or more than 25 percent, voted. Weaver beat all the candidates in that precinct by grabbing 184 votes, compared with 125 for Quintero and 100 for Yousefian.

A total of 21,194, or 20.5 percent, of registered voters in the city voted. About 260 provisional ballots remain to be counted.

Quintero said he is particularly pleased with how well he fared in south Glendale, where he reached out to the heavily Armenian and Latino population, and in the La Crescenta area, where he received many votes from residents who feel they have been neglected by City Hall in favor of downtown.

It came as no surprise to Quintero that he was the No. 1 vote-getter in the precinct around St. Mary's Armenian Church, where he received 105 votes compared with 77 for Yousefian and 53 for Weaver.

``I have been working with the Armenians for 20 years. I've got very close ties to them,'' said Quintero, who owns a vocational consulting business that specializes in helping immigrants.

Because absentee ballots are not broken down by precinct, Yousefian questioned how accurately the precinct votes cast on election day reflect the total support given each candidate.

For example, in the Maple Park precinct, Yousefian believes that in addition to 120 votes he received at the polling place, he probably got many more absentee ballots because many Armenians live in that area.

Of all the candidates, Yousefian received the most votes via absentee ballots - 3,006 - even though he did not launch an absentee ballot campaign.

Yousefian said he plans to ask City Clerk Doris Twedt to break down the absentee votes by precinct for future elections. He will also ask her to make sure that residents receive their sample ballots and know where to vote.

``There was a lot of confusion. Some people had to vote by provisional ballots,'' he said.

Provisional ballots are for those whose names do not show up on the voters' list at polling places, mostly because they have moved and have not reregistered in time.

Twedt was unavailable for comment Friday.
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