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McNamara takes lead in contest with Mayor Abed


If the trend continues, Paul McNamara will be sworn in December 12 as the next mayor of Escondido. The retired Marine Colonel as of Monday night was leading Mayor Sam Abed by about 900 votes and has been since last week as the Registrar of Voters continues its snail’s pace of counting votes.

The Registrar is expected to certify the election around December 6 at the latest.

Marie Waldron, the newly sworn in minoring leader of the Assembly was heard to remark on Monday, “We can send a man to the moon, but we can’t count votes faster than this?”

McNamara wasn’t ready yet to claim victory, wanting to wait until virtually every last vote is counted before claiming his prize.

He told The Times-Advocate Monday: “I think I’m going to just wait until the ROV announces it.  I don’t know what the point is at this stage.  Here’s an update as we know it.   This weekend and this week they are doing the provisionals.  The 50th district and Escondido mayoral precincts are priority due to the closeness.”

He added, “I also understand there is a lot of challenging going on between the two 50th district camps, thus slowing the process down.  Obviously, Escondido is in the 50th and so that slows our count as well.  Additionally, I understand that there are about 1800 provisionals that could affect the mayoral race.  So, if we see the new count  come close to an 1800 increase from Friday’s count, we should be done other than a few stragglers, meaning those folks who forgot to sign the envelope or something like that and have the opportunity to send it back in.”

14 responses to “McNamara takes lead in contest with Mayor Abed”

  1. John says:

    The possible former Mayor Abed has done anything worth a damn in years for Escondido, except for what suits him! More businesses have folded up shop since his second year in office then the previous mayor! So I hope this guy will at least put in a effort to change that

  2. Amy says:

    They only thing old Sam has done is line his pockets and make horrible decisions for the residents of Escondido. Good riddance.

  3. Barbara says:

    Ray, I have lived in Escondido only since 1982 and in Mission Park since 1989. In 2010 Placido was shot down a half block from where I live. However, working with children at risk has been a life long passion. We have many people in Escondido dedicated to the betterment of our community. We now have renewed hope.

  4. Earl Brown says:

    I refer to Mr. Abed as ‘Yosemite Sam’. I guess Mr. McNamara will be ‘Big Mac’. At least, I hope so.

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