What a night.  First, congratulations to the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, who did a much better job than in past elections.

    Congratulations to the winners, they did something, or a variety of things, right.  We’ll examine the lessons of this election later as the final votes are counted.  Right now, the numbers will change, but the winners will not.  These are the semi-official results, with provisional ballots and ballots requiring review (such as write-ins or over-votes).

    Winners are in bold:

    San Bernardino Council Third Ward

    The surprise is not the result, but the margin:

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 3
    24/24 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    TOBIN BRINKER 340 30.33%
    JOHN VALDIVIA 781 69.67%
    Total 1,121 100.00%

    Then there are the no-surprises:

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 6
    14/14 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    RIKKE VAN JOHNSON 984 100.00%
    Total 984 100.00%
    City Treasurer SAN BERNARDINO
    148/148 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DAVID C. KENNEDY 9,704 100.00%
    Total 9,704 100.00%

    Using the total ballots cast (so far) for the City Attorney race, that shows 2,103 voters who voted for City Attorney but did not vote for David Kennedy.  I do not think that include ballots with write-ins, though it might.  We will see in the final results.

    Next we have the races where the result was not a surprise, but without third-party polling, probably impossible to tell the margin ahead of time:

    City Attorney SAN BERNARDINO
    148/148 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    DAVID L. MCKENNA 5,677 48.08%
    JAMES F. ”JIM” PENMAN 6,130 51.92%
    Total 11,807 100.00%

    A 453 vote lead for City Attorney James F. Penman.

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 5
    18/18 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    CHAS A. KELLEY 1,602 65.17%
    LARRY A. LEE 856 34.83%
    Total 2,458 100.00%

    Council member Chas Kelley crushed Pastor Larry A. Lee, showing Council member Kelley’s popularity in the 5th Ward.

    Member, City Council SAN BERNARDINO Ward 7
    20/20 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    WENDY J. MCCAMMACK 1,305 57.41%
    JIM MULVIHILL 968 42.59%
    Total 2,273 100.00%

    They say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  No different results in this rematch.

    Finally, there is some unfinished business.  In the City Clerk election, there will be, as presumed, a run-off between the two top vote getters.

    City Clerk SAN BERNARDINO
    148/148 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    PEGGI HAZLETT 2,325 20.16%
    GEORGEANN ”GIGI” HANNA 2,813 24.39%
    AMELIA SANCHEZ-LOPEZ 3,294 28.56%
    WILLIAM A. VALLE 1,031 8.94%
    ESTHER JIMENEZ 2,071 17.96%
    Total 11,534 100.00%

    Political newcomer Gigi Hanna did admirably, making the run-off.  Amelia Sanchez Lopez (which despite the name on the ballot seems to now be the preferred spelling) rocketed to the top, leading Gigi Hanna by 481 votes.  Conventional wisdom says that the Latino vote was split; however as I have said before, I don’t know if there is actual evidence of that.  First, there will be turn-out issues, and more focus on the race.  I think Amelia Sanchez Lopez has an advantage going into the run-off because of the support that she has received from other elected officials.  Gigi Hanna has to focus on her message of being independent and the importance of being independent from the warring sides. I think Amelia Sanchez Lopez has learned tremendously about this process, and will be in good shape in the run-off.

    On to the San Bernardino City Unified School District Board Election

    San Bernardino City Unif School Dist Gov Brd Mbr
    200/200 100.00%
    Vote Count Percent
    ANNA M. COX 1,741 4.03%
    WILLARD A. HUGHES 508 1.17%
    MARGARET B. HILL 6,383 14.76%
    MIKE GALLO 4,459 10.31%
    LYNDA K. SAVAGE 5,316 12.29%
    DAMON L. ALEXANDER 3,121 7.22%
    ELSA VALDEZ 2,929 6.77%
    JUAN M. LOPEZ 3,398 7.86%
    HENRY WILLIAM NICKEL 1,531 3.54%
    GIL NAVARRO 2,267 5.24%
    DAN DEANE 2,972 6.87%
    TERESA PARRA 4,032 9.32%
    SHARON ”BOBBIE” PERONG 4,597 10.63%
    Total 43,254 100.00%

    I’ll be talking about this race some more later, but two incumbents were dumped, with one retained, and three newcomers: former administrator Margaret Hill, executive Mike Gallo, incumbent Lynda Savage, and former teacher Sharon “Bobbie” Perong winning.  Incumbent Teresa Parra Craig came in fifth, just out of the money.

     

     

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