Mar 9, 2011 12:51 AM by Associated Press (SR)
BELL, Calif. (AP) - Voters in the scandal-plagued Southern California city of Bell have turned out in force to cast ballots for all five seats on the City Council.
Early returns Tuesday show business owner Ali Saleh, social services worker Violeta Alvarez and English teacher Fidencio Joel Gallardo leading in the race to replace three open seats on the council.
Lorenzo Velez, the only current council member who was not charged in the corruption scandal, is seeking re-election, but he is lagging behind in very early returns.
Attorney/activist Ana Maria Quintana jumped in to an early lead to replace Luis Artiga, who resigned.
Danny Harber, a retiree, was leading in the race to replace indicted council member Teresa Jacobo.
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