The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters confirmed Thursday (Jan. 5) that Lynette Lee Eng has won the hotly contested third open seat on the Los Altos City Council.
Eng beat candidate Neysa Fligor by six votes – 6,369 to 6,363 – in the Nov. 8 election. Although results were certified Dec. 8, the razor-thin margin triggered an automatic recount under an ordinance passed by the county Board of Supervisors.
Registrar spokeswoman Anita Torres said the votes had to be recounted and audited. The laborious process was completed Jan. 5.
"This was the closest race," Torres said.
Registrar employees performed automatic recounts for 10 different races in the Nov. 8 election, and only one automatic recount prior.
The recount meant that last month's scheduled city council meeting to swear in the new candidates had to be postponed. Eng, along with re-elected incumbents Jan Pepper and Jeannie Bruins, are scheduled to be sworn in at the Jan. 10 meeting.