SAN FERNANDO – City Council members Nury Martinez, Julie Ruelas and Steven Veres retained their seats Tuesday in a hotly contested election that failed to draw many voters, according to final results. With all precincts reporting, Martinez unofficially garnered the most votes, followed by Ruelas and Veres. Among the challengers, Ruben Sandoval Jr. fared the best, followed by Danitza Pantoja and James L. Lawson. Veres said he was happy with the results, but disheartened with the low voter turnout, estimated to be about 22 percent. “It’s probably the lowest turnout we’ve had in eight or nine years,” Veres said. Martinez, a special assistant to state Sen. Alex Padilla, serves as mayor of the small but growing city, incorporated in 1911. Ruelas, a child-development professor at Mission College, has served on the council since 2003. Veres, an educator and district director for former state Assemblywoman Cindy Monta ez, has also served on the council since 2003. Lawson, a semiretired health care consultant, has served on numerous state and federal health commissions. Pantoja, a candidate in the 2005 election, is a part-time family counselor and behavioral therapist who has served in leadership roles on several city projects. Sandoval, a product-safety inspector, is a first-time candidate. [email protected] (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!