BEVERLY HILLS—Preliminary results from Tuesday’s Beverly Hills City Council election on March 7, indicate a close race, with only five votes separating candidates Nancy Krasne, Les Friedman and Robert ‘Bob’ Wunderlich from securing two of the remaining three seats on the council. Incumbent councilman and Mayor John Mirisch currently leads the pack with 18 percent of the vote, with a total of 1478 votes cast in his favor.

A total of 7 candidates were running for one of three seats available on the City Council for a full-term for 4 years: incumbents John Mirisch and Nancy Krasne, and contenders Eliot Finkel, Vera Markowitz, Frances Bilak, Jim Wayne, Les Friedman and Robert Wunderlich.

“It’s very close,” Robert Wunderlich, currently in fourth place, told the Canyon News. “We’ll just have to wait in the coming days for the votes to be counted.” Only four votes separate Mr. Wunderlich and his closest competitor Les Friedman, who is currently edging him out for the seat. “It was a positive campaign.” Wunderlich added.

Canyon News reached out to the other candidates for comment, but did not hear back before print.

Attorney and former Beverly Hills Planning Commission Chair Howard Fisher ran unopposed for the Office of Beverly Hills City Treasurer.

Upon finalization by the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office, the winning candidates will take office on Tuesday, March 28.