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Voters decide Santa Barbara, Oxnard municipal elections

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Voters decided municipal elections in Santa Barbara, Oxnard Tuesday.

Election Day is now history on the South Coast, with voters in two South Coast cities deciding who should hold some city council posts.

One of the most closely watched races was for Mayor of Santa Barbara.

Some mail-in ballots have yet to be counted, but it appears former City Councilman Randy Rouse is the clear cut winner from the field of six, with 40% of the vote. James Joyce III received 26% of the vote, while incumbent Cathy Murillo had 24%.

In the three Santa Barbara City Council seat races, the numbers show incumbents Kristen Sneddon and Meghan Harmon are going to keep their seats by large margins. Incumbent Eric Friedman was unopposed.

Meanwhile, in the City of Oxnard, Gabriel Teran appears to have emerged from the field of three candidates to win the city District 2 seat. The post became open after Carmen Ramirez was elected to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.