Update: Wed. April 11, 8:30 a.m.
Four of the six City Council candidates partied hard Tuesday night as the final election results rolled in. The final, unofficial tally for the Culver City Council Election was completed at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday and the results were as follows:
Andy Weissman - 2630 votes.
Meghan Sahli-Wells – 2491 votes.
Micheal O'Leary – 2439 votes.
Jim Clarke – 2348 votes.
Missing out on seats were:
Scott Malsin - 2013 votes.
Stephen Murray - 841 votes.
While write in ballots still have to be verified and counted (which could take up to a week) and an official recounting is required, it's unlikely that any of the candidates' positions will change. There are only about 300-400 write in votes that will need to be counted. Click on the PDF to the right of this article to see a breakdown of the ballots for each candidate by precinct.
The City Clerk told Patch following the ballot counting - which took just over two hours - it was one of the smoothest counting processes he'd seen in a long time. Aside from a momentary blip where there appeared to be an Excel spreadsheet glitch over one precinct's votes for Meghan Sahli-Wells, the ballot counting went off without a hitch.
Over at Meghan Sahli-Wells' victory party, Champagne bottles were being popped.
"It is hard to make a speech when you are speechless," she said standing on a chair in a room full of supporters after hearing about her second place finish.
"It's not just about being elected... You need people... We are in this together. I am going to ask you to stay with me for these next four years" she told supporters. "I ran on a platform of public participation so this is your mandate to stand up and speak out."
Micheal O'Leary was surrounded by cheering supporters at where he said, "I love the town that has become my family. This is an amazing town," he added. "This town has amazing potential. I’ve always viewed this as the jewel of Los Angeles County. Bevery Hills has had their day… Culver City is coming. This is the place. It doesn’t need overdevelopment. All it needs is a steady ship moving forward: protect the residents, increase the business and make this the most livable city in the region. And that’s what we’ve done. We are the envy of our neighbors. People are using the term 'Culver City adjacent.'" Click on the video to the right of this article to see O'Leary's victory speech in its entirety.
Following more celebratory drinks by cheering supporters, O'Leary made his way over to to share a congratulatory hug with Andy Weissman (captured in our photos). At the end of the evening (around midnight) he told Patch he was heading off to the pub he runs - - to telephone his mother with the good news, where it was now morning in Ireland.
Jim Clarke left City Hall to head to his victory party with a big grin on his face and shook people's hands and thanked them for their support. "I'm not feeling anything," he said after downing a few drinks at , where he was surrounded by a phalanx of well wishers, including Congresswoman Diane Watson.
Clarke and his team followed Patch's real-time live blog of the election results on a computer, while supporters wore stickers that read "I Love Culver City" as they sipped wine and waited as the votes were tallied.
As the fourth place vote-getter, Clarke will have to run for re-election again in two years, but was very happy to gain a seat on the council nonetheless. Overheard at City Tavern after being told he would only serve two years before having to run again, he said, "I'll take it!" The other three vote-getters will serve four year terms.
Celebrations were going on at Rush Street, too, where Andy Weissman was in fine form, having garnered the most votes.
Weissman told Patch, "I'm very grateful to the voters for their support. I was fortunate to have finished first four years ago. It's gratifying to finish first again this time, but more gratifying is to secure a four-year term and I'm very happy that the voters were receptive to my message. I look forward to working with the community for four more years."
Scott Malsin, who hosted friends and supporters at during the ballot counting told Patch following his defeat, "I'm proud of the campaign I ran and I'm proud to have served Culver City," while Stephen Murray who had the least number of votes and who didn't seem to think he would win a seat, popped by City Hall but had no party planned for the night. He said he was off to congratulate Weissman.
Measure X - the Transit Occupancy tax raise from 12 - 14 percent was also approved by 2,707 to 540 votes - 83.37 percent to 16.63 percent.
- Westwood Century-City Patch Editor Sara Fay, and John Schreiber contributed to this article.