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That's Mayor DiNicola by a 10-vote majority

(ran LA Edition)

Bob DiNicola defeated Vice Mayor Jim Palamara by 10 votes Tuesday in the mayor's race, and newcomers Jean Scott and Larry Sandefer won the two open commission seats, defeating former Commissioner Marilyn Morris.

"I think it's fantastic. I don't care if I won by one vote, I got it," said DiNicola, who beat Palamara 425-415.

"Jim Palamara worked hard for it. I worked hard for it, too," said DiNicola, who had served eight years on the commission, ending with his defeat in 1991.

He retired as chief stone inspector for the Architect of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city about 16 years.

Palamara, 38, is finishing a two-year term on the commission. It was the building contractor's first term on the commission.

"It sounds like I lost," Palamara said. He said he didn't know if he would ask for a recount.

State law requires a recount if the vote is closer than one-half of 1 percent, said acting City Clerk Cheryl Davis. The vote in the mayor's race wasn't that close.

DiNicola had 51 percent and Palamara had 49 percent. Nine voters failed to vote in the mayor's race, and one voted for both candidates.

Palamara would have to ask for a recount and the city's canvassing board would have to decide if his reasons for asking were valid, Davis said.

In the commission race, Scott took 575 votes, Sandefer 554 and Morris 354.

Winners Scott and Sandefer were among about 50 people celebrating at DiNicola's house Tuesday night.

"I'm in a tizzy," said Scott, 45, who owns and manages rental property in the city. Sandefer, 44, a lawyer, said he is looking forward to two exciting years.

Morris, 56, who served one term on the commission and was defeated for re-election last year, could not be reached for comment.

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