Challenger Gloria Soto and incumbent Etta Waterfield took the lead in Santa Maria City Council’s 3rd and 4th District races Tuesday. With mail-in ballots counted and all 13 precincts reporting in District 3, Soto garnered 1,032 votes for 47.32 percent — capturing 44 votes more than her main challenger, incumbent Councilman Dr. Michael Moats. With all 12 precincts reporting in District 4, Waterfield picked up 2,692 votes for 61.08 percent. Challenger Rafael "Rafa" Gutierrez received 1,691 votes for 38.37 percent. The 29-year-old Soto — who campaigned on a platform of expanding affordable housing and economic development — will be the youngest ever Santa Maria City Councilwoman.