County officials prepare to count ballots at the Norwalk Registrar´s office Tuesday night, for the Board of Trustees election.

County officials prepare to count ballots at the Norwalk Registrar´s office Tuesday night, for the Board of Trustees election.

Alicia Edquist, Advertising Manager/Lab Aide

After the long hours of campaigning and all the ballots counted, Cerritos College District residents have re-elected three board members and one new member to the board of trustees.

According to the Registrar’s office, the semi- official election results show that the residents of the District re-elected Ted Edmiston, Robert “Bob” Arthur and John Moore to serve another four-year term. Also Tom Jackson has won the open seat on the board.

Jackson, who is a retired Accounting Professor from Cerritos College, is the new board member that is taking the open seat left by Mary Loya, who didn’t run for re-election.

“I am excited. First I would like to thank all who supported me. Also thank those who voted for me and those that ran for the board. It made it very interesting election,” Jackson said.

Also Jackson said that he will enter the position with an open mind and strive to do the very best for Cerritos College.

Moore is the currently the board president and he is ready to start the next year.

“It feels good to get the election out of the way and to continue to move Cerritos College forward into the future. My goal is to make sure that we are able to continue serving the students, no matter who they are,” said Moore, re-elected board member.

On Tuesday, by 10:30 p.m. all 96 precincts in the Cerritos College District had turned in its ballots and the election for the Board of Trustees was 100 percent complete. Out of 180,870 registered voters in the District, 14,854 voters turned out at the polls to cast their ballots.

There were 12 candidates running for the four positions on the board. Three of which were incumbents running for re-election and the other nine seeking a position on the board.

The voting system also changed for the election. Voters used the new Inkavote system which is an optical scan voting system that is similar to the punch card voting system. Instead of using a punch device voters used a marking device to fill in the circles with ink.

All results are still semi-official until the County of Los Angeles Department of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk certifies the election results 15 days after the election.

The newly elected members of the Board will be sworn in at the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the board room. The meeting is open to the public.

Board of Trustee election results:

Candidate Votes Percent
Ted Edmiston 7,044 16.06%
R. “Bob” Arthur 7,039 16.05%
John Moore 6,694 15.26%
Tom Jackson 5,706 13.01%
Raul H. Morales 3,986 9.09%
Carmen Avalos 2,804 6.39%
L. Sanchez-Ramirez 1,972 4.50%
Isidro S. Rodriguez 1,848 4.21%
Miguel Lopez 1,831 4.17%
Leonard Zuniga 1,793 4.09%
Martin Israel 1,580 3.60%
Jesse Padilla 1,569 3.58%