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Close race for Coachella City Council as ballots continue to be counted

The race for Coachella City Council remains close.

This year’s 4 candidates include Stephanie Virgen, Dr. Frank Figueroa, Yurema Avizu and Josie Gonzalez. You can find updated results here.

As of Wednesday, the candidates leading this race are Virgen and Figueroa.

“We have to work together if a member brings, you know, an issue or a policy issue forward. And maybe we have suggestions, and to have those suggestions and to say that we work collectively," said Virgen.

“No matter how this outcome is in this election, I'm gonna make sure that we put the community first. Be it in me, and whatever I do, and being able to be a public servant in that way," said Figueroa.

For Coachella resident and owner of True Awakening Studio on 6th Street, Angelica Trujillo, she would love to see more activity in this part of town.

“You know, just bringing more and more people from out of town. Even though we have our murals and that brings them them but I want to see more," Trujillo said.

She believes these changes can be attained through city council.

Both Virgen and Figueroa are calling for unity in order to put the community first.

“It's not just one person. It's not me, or another council member. It's it's the community that is going to benefit from that. And so we have to deliver that," Virgen added.

“We need to be united and that's something that I would bring to the council is being able to share that we can work together," Figueroa explained.

The final results are still up in the air. But despite who takes the council seats, Trujillo says she wants leaders who are active in her hometown.

“Be more involved with us business owners visit us more what we need or needs you know," Trujillo explained, "Community involvement. You know, I know us we have to do that. But I think that will be great.”

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