LOS ANGELES – After three weeks of counting ballots following Election Day, Yvette Stevenson-Rodriguez on Tuesday became the first woman on the Orchard Dale Water Board, winning by a grand total of four votes. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday certified the results of the Nov. 6 election, confirming Stevenson-Rodriguez’s election as well as the winners in two other close races in the Whittier area. Carlos Aparicio won a seat on the East Whittier City School Board by 19 votes after trailing Michael Cirasole by 16 votes on Election Day. Rick Mercado also held on to win his way to the Pico Water Board by 28 votes. Election workers counted an additional 218,156 ballots in Los Angeles County in the last three weeks. Nearly all of them were provisional votes. About 10 percent were absentee ballots. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I’m grateful that everything turned out in my favor,” said Stevenson-Rodriguez, 37, who defeated Clifford Lee, 77. “I look forward to improving the water quality of the district.” Lee, 77, who had been on the board off and on since 1969, was at a water conference and couldn’t be reached to ask if he would seek a recount. Lee has until Monday to request one. He would have to pay for it unless the vote was reversed and he won. The cost of one precinct board per day is $3,744. Also elected to the Orchard Dale Water board was Joe Kennedy, 84, who received the most votes. Cirasole, 59, said he wouldn’t seek a recount in his race. “I think the votes were accurately counted,” he said. It was tough waiting the three weeks for all of the absentee and provisional ballots to be counted, he said. “You just sit there and hold your breath for whatever the outcome is,” he said. Aparicio, 28, said the tightness of the race and then the waiting caught him by surprise. “It’s been such a roller coaster of a ride,” he said. “I felt hopeless because it was out of my hands,” Aparicio said. “I’m glad I came out on the winning side. I feel bad for the other candidate. I know what he was going through.” Also elected to the East Whittier board was Dimitri Elbling, 43, who received the most votes. Final tallies in all of the Los Angeles County elections in November are available at the Registrar-Recorder’s Office, 12400 Imperial Highway, Norwalk, or on its Web site, www.lavote.net. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!