Clarke beats Damiani to take Orange County Commission seat


Pete Clarke and Lui Damiani

Pete Clarke has been elected to the Orange County Commission, according to Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles.

Early Tuesday afternoon Cowles announced that the county's canvassing board completed a manual recount of precincts in commission district 3 and certified Clarke as the winner.

The final results of the race had Clarke with 33,228 votes to challenger Lui Damiani's 33,158.

Damiani was appointed to the district 3 seat, currently held by John Martinez, after former Commissioner Mildred Fernandez was arrested on corruption charges in 2010 .