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Candidates in last minute rush for votes in 28 cities in Los Angeles County

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In medium and small cities across the Los Angeles region, dozens of candidates for mayor, city council, and school board are up for re-election.

Without the war-chests -- or media coverage--big city candidates get, these aspiring public servants are spending the last hours before their elections looking for votes one on one.

Janet Chin, a school board member running for Rosemead City Council, spent much of the weekend before the vote walking precincts. She also put on a big "get out the vote" party in her campaign storefront's parking lot.

"We had about 100 people come over, we had children and adults, we had a senior line dancing group that wanted to perform, we had a jumper for the kids, we had an ice cream truck," she said.

Chin is one of four candidates running for three seats in Rosemead. There --and in 27 other cities in Los Angeles County with open council seats-- candidates are going through the same last-minute drill.

"The common thread really is to get out the vote and make sure that people are showing up, that they've hit all their bases, their campaign strategy has really done them well," she said. "They have their numbers and they know that in the end, it's up to the voters."

Outside of Los Angeles city, four other municipalities are holding mayoral elections. The mayors of Azusa and San Dimas are running unopposed. In Gardena, Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka is on the ballot for his third term as mayor, but he's not actively campaigning, leaving the field to Councilwoman Rachel Johnson.

In Redondo Beach, four candidates are running for mayor. Candidate Pat Aust, a city councilmember and retired fire chief, said so many votes have already been cast by mail there's not much point to any last minute frenzy.

"A lot of people like to rush around and try to get as much in, and I'm not one of those people," Aust said. "If you didn't do it in the last since December 15, it's a little late to do it in the last weekend."

Still, he takes nothing for granted, so he'll be out talking to voters all the same.

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