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Districts 2 and 8 elect new council members

While one candidate won himself a San Diego city council seat with a wide margin in yesterday's District 8 election, the District 2 election, which includes downtown, was much tighter. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

It was an exciting night with the vote count in district 2 growing closer and closer till the final score was 51 percent to Kevin Faulkner to Lorena Gonzalez' 49 percent. Faulkner, who raised about 4 times as much money as Gonzales', was 13 points ahead with absentee ballots counted, but Gonzalez' get out the vote campaign almost cost him the race. Faulkner, a republican, says he'll support Mayor Sandsers Reform Plan.

The new District 2 councilman Ben Hueso, a democrat, said he'll work to reach consensus on a plan.

Hueso: "I think it's coming up with a plan we can all agree on, a plan that stays away from partisan wedge issues, but I'm not coming in with a rubber stamp ready to say anything the mayor says or anything other council members say, I'm going to ask a lot of questions."

The two city councilmen will be sworn in January 23 to fill out the terms of Michael Zucchet and Ralf Inzunza who resigned under corruption charges. Alison St John, KPBS news.

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