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Three win election, taking seats on Ontario City Council

Eddie Melendrez, elected to Ontario City Council on Nov. 3, 2020. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz)

ONTARIO – When the Ontario City Council convenes in January, the most experienced hands will have been on the job for just two years, following election results that put three new councilors in office.

Voters picked three of five candidates for the council seats – retailer John Kirby, auctioneer Sam Baker, and nonprofit worker Eddie Melendrez.

They join relative newcomer Ken Hart, a health care financial officer, who was appointed last month to fill a vacancy.

The veterans remaining on the council include Mayor Riley Hill, an Ontario developer, and Councilors Michael Braden, a business advisor at the local Small Business Development Center at Treasure Valley Community College, and Freddy Rodriguez, a personal services assistant. All three were elected in 2018.

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