Walnut– The Walnut City Council election results are in! Incumbents Nancy Tragarz and Eric Ching were elected to the City Council on Tuesday night. However, Tony Cartagena’s open seat will be occupied by 23-year-old newcomer, Andrew Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is a Walnut High School graduate and he is the youngest City Councilmember ever elected in Walnut’s history.
“Over the last few months, it has truly been an honor and privilege to have met so many different people who genuinely care about the future of our community… I would like to thank the residents of this city for giving us a chance to showcase our vision for Walnut,” Rodriguez said a week before election day.
When he found out he won, Rodriguez posted a picture on his Facebook page with the caption, “Thank you Walnut! I look forward to serving as your City Councilman for the next 4 years!”
Unofficial results reported that Tragarz received 2,358 votes; Ching received 1,896 votes; and Rodriguez received 1,668 votes. They will take the three final seats on the Walnut City Council, joining Mayor Robert Pacheco and Mayor Pro-Tem Mary Su.
The unofficial results also reported that the candidate in fourth, Bella Cristobal, received 1,281 votes; Dino Pollalis in fifth place received 1,170 votes; and Betty Tang in last received 1,064 votes.