Elections: Visit the elections page for more stories, final results NORWALK – In the race for a seat on the East Whittier City School District board, there’s been a change of positions. Carlos Aparicio overtook Michael A. Cirasole by five in the second tally of votes released Friday. The election was Tuesday. “I have no idea how I even got as many votes,” said Aparicio, . “I just feel I was an underdog right from the get-go. I was very surprised and happy.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Two other races remain close. A contest for the second available seat on the Pico water board saw two candidates separated by 15 votes Tuesday night, but the gap is widening. The race for the second seat on the Orchard Dale Water Board remains divided by 17 votes, up from 15 on Election Night. Four more updates will be given, ending with a final tally Nov. 21. In East Whittier City School District, teacher Dimitri C. Elbling’s firm lead with 39.12 percent of the vote remains, but Aparicio and Cirasole both said they expect the race will be a nail-biter until the end. The race among four challengers, because neither incumbent chose to run again, surprised Cirasole. “Well you know, I went and put out signs and did some mail orders, so it surprised me that the vote turned out as close as it did,” Cirasole said. Cirasole, a business consultant who had previously led by 16 votes, now trails by five. He holds 21.91 percent of the vote, while Aparicio holds 22.02 percent. The Orchard Dale water board race remains close, with challenger Yvette Stevenson-Rodriguez still leading, now by 17 votes instead of the 15 she held over incumbent Clifford E. Lee. Incumbent Joe Kennedy, 84, won his seat easily with 36.2 percent of the vote. Stevenson-Rodriguez, 37, the only candidate to spend more than $1,000 in the race, now leads with 25.54 percent of the vote, while Lee, 77, trails with 23.87 percent. “I’ll wait until the certification letter is received by the registrar’s office,” Stevenson-Rodriguez said, adding she was not ready yet to call the race. In the Pico Water District, incumbent Robert A. Martinez, 53, easily regained his seat with 43.4 percent of the vote. Martinez ran in support of Rick L. Mercado Sr., 73, who was leading on Election Night by 15 votes over Richard Briones, 75. Mercado’s lead has widened to 28 votes. He now has 29.51 percent of the vote while Briones has 27.09 percent. middle-school teacher [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!