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By Allison Jarrell
Four weeks after San Juan Capistrano’s historic by-district election, the Orange County Registrar of Voters’ final vote count confirms that Sergio Farias of District 1 and Brian Maryott of District 5 will serve four-year terms on the City Council beginning next week.
Farias, a small business owner, won the District 1 Council race with 961 votes (58.6 percent of the vote). His challenger, Cultural Heritage Commissioner Nathan Banda, received 679 votes.
In District 5, financial services executive Brian Maryott won the race with 1,992 votes (43.4 percent of the vote). Mission San Juan Capistrano executive director Mechelle Lawrence Adams came in second with 1,190 votes, and Larry Kramer, retired submarine captain and former mayor, came in third with 746 votes. Media executive Ronda Mottl earned 442 votes, professional geologist and professor Jim Schneider received 187 votes, and Parks & Recreation Commissioner Robert Parks, who dropped out of the race, took 36 votes.
Farias and Maryott will fill the seats of outgoing City Councilmen Sam Allevato and John Perry. Allevato was unable to run for his seat, as he lives in District 2. Perry lives in District 5 but chose not to run. Farias and Maryott will be sworn in on Monday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. at City Hall.
Residents in Districts 2, 3 and 4 will vote for candidates in the 2018 City Council race.