Whalen, a public finance attorney, garnered the greatest share of support, with 5,244 votes -- nearly 33%, according to county registrar results Wednesday afternoon.
Dicterow, an estate planning attorney, held a roughly 2% advantage of 282 votes over challenger
Whalen and Dicterow were first elected in 2012.
Dicterow acknowledged that being an incumbent "always has a difference in dynamics," but said he stuck to a similar campaign strategy as he did in 2012 of going door to door and handing out fliers at the grocery store.
"We have a group of five that work well together, so I don't see any transition here," Dicterow said of the new council. "It's a seamless extension of what we've been doing. One thing we've heard from people is making sure the council focuses on the needs of residents."
During several forums this fall, one topic the candidates generally agreed upon was placing residents' needs first, whether addressing the traffic boon in South Laguna, repairing sidewalks or boosting public safety patrols.
"We work well together and respect each other,"
In Laguna's city treasurer race, incumbent
Measure LL appeared headed to an easy victory, with 79% of Laguna residents voting yes on raising the tax hotels charge guests from 10% to 12% to help pay for services such as public safety and utility undergrounding.
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