Murrieta City Council elections: DeForest, Stone ahead

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A voter places ballots in a drop box at the Alta Murrieta Elementary School polling location on Election Day. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Four candidates are competing for the two open seats on Murrieta's City Council. The four candidates - Steve Brown and Lisa DeForest for City Council District 3, and David Kolk and Lori Stone for District 4 - qualified in late July and early August of this year to run for Murrieta City Council's two open seats. As votes continue to be tabulated, as of Thursday evening DeForest was leading Brown in District 3, 4,172 votes to 1,185. In District 4, Stone was ahead of Kolk, 3,439 votes to 1,664, as of Thursday evening. City council members in Murrieta serve four-year overlapping terms. On Nov. 6, 2018, the city first began transitioning to the district-based election format by electing three members currently still serving their terms: Jonathan Ingram for district one, Christi Whit
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