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Election 2012: Jim Navarro to Keep City Council Seat

Navarro will serve his third and final term on City Council.

Updated 1:40 a.m.

With results from all precincts in Tuesday night, it appears that incumbent Jim Navarro will serve a third and final term on Union City’s City Council.

Based on results posted at 12:47 a.m. Wednesday, Navarro has 8,558, or 67 percent, of the votes.

His opponent, newcomer Jose Estrella, received 4,125 votes, or 32 percent.

Navarro, a Democrat, has served on the Council since 1994. Prior to City Council, he served as a trustee on the New Haven Unified School District Board of Education for eight years.

While Navarro was a well-known public figure and an apparent shoe-in to hold the seat, he said he never doubted or underestimated his opponent.

"I always take my opponents seriously," Navarro said. "I don't count my eggs until they hatch."

Navarro’s opponent, Estrella, positioned himself as an alternative to the former leadership. Among his priorities were eduction and government accountability.

"I do taxes, and one thing I do know is I hold people accountable. Numbers don’t lie," Estrella said during a candidates forum in September . "I will hold city people…accountable to residents of Union City."

Navarro said he sought re-election so that he could continue to make decisions to improve the future of Union City.

During his current and previous tenure in office, Navarro has advocated for public safety, fiscal responsibility, and economic development.

He said his experience will help Union City as it goes through an economic crunch due to the dismantling of redevelopment agencies.

"I want to revitalize our economy in Union City and see if we can bring more businesses to Union City," Navarro told Patch Tuesday night.

Navarro said that he looks forward to his upcoming term.

"I'm really happy that I'm going to serve the people for four more years," he said.

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