ALHAMBRA, Calif. (AP) — There are no challengers in a Southern California city council race, so the municipal election has been scrubbed.

Alhambra is saving $200,000 by canceling November’s city election.

The Pasadena Star-News says Mayor Stephen Sham and council members Barbara Messina and Luis Ayala are running unopposed, so state law allows them to be automatically re-elected.

Alhambra Election Canceled For Lack Of Challengers: KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports.

It’s a first for the San Gabriel Valley city east of Los Angeles.

Rather than apathy, Messina and Sham said Thursday that residents are apparently content with how Alhambra is being run. The city’s budget is balanced, there have been no layoffs and service cuts have been avoided.

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  1. Simply Skeptical says:

    How appropriate for a politician to have the name “Sham!”

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