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Votes still close, but Osborne declares victory in Lompoc’s mayoral race

Posted at 5:52 PM, Nov 07, 2018

While just 148 votes separated the two candidates for Lompoc mayor on Wednesday, city council member Jenelle Osborne was declaring victory.

Osborne had 51 percent of the vote to challenger and fellow council member James Mosby’s 48 percent.

“It’s such a wonderful opportunity to represent a community I absolutely adore and I’m very grateful and honored that the citizens have elected me to be their next mayor,” Osborne told KSBY News.

She said public safety is her top priority and that she hopes to fully staff the police department and bring back the gang task force.

If confirmed as mayor, Osborne would be sworn in this December.

Lompoc voters also cast ballots for city council. The District 2 seat went to Victor Vega with 66 percent of the vote to Shirley Sherman’s 34 percent. Dirk Starbuck was elected to the District 3 seat with 60 percent of the vote to Robert Cuthbert’s 40 percent.

The Santa Barbara County Elections Division says 50,000 ballots from across the county have yet to be counted. Updated election results are expected by Friday.