Countywide Municipal Incumbents Batted .725 In Council & Mayoral Races

(November 9)    In San Bernardino County’s municipal elections this week, 29, or 72.5 percent of the mayoral and council incumbents were reelected or unopposed. Eleven incumbents were turned out of office by voters. Nine incumbents chose not to run or had resigned before the election was held.
In Adelanto, incumbent Ed Camargo won and incumbent Trinidad Perez lost to challenger Ronald Beard.
In Apple Valley, former fire chief Art Bishop and fire board member Larry Cusack outpolled seven others to capture two town council seats.
In Barstow, councilwoman Julie Hackbarth-McIntyre was unopposed in her run for mayor after incumbent Joe Gomez chose not to run. Rich Harpole and Carmen Hernandez captured the two contested council positions, in the process turning out incumbent Tim Saenz.
In Big Bear Lake, incumbent mayor Bill Jahn and Bob Jackowski were reelected and elected, respectively, to the city council.
In Chino, mayor Dennis Yates held off challenger Lee McGroarty. Incumbent councilmen Tom Haughey and Glenn Duncan were unopposed.
In Chino Hills, mayor Art Bennett, who was appointed to the council four years ago rather than elected, and Cynthia Moran were victorious in a field of five.
In Colton, incumbent District 3 councilman Vincent Yzaguirre was turned out of office by Frank Navarro. In Colton’s District 5 race, councilwoman Deirdre Bennett was reelected. In District 6 Isaac Suchil regained the council position he lost four years ago to Alex Perez. Perez finished third among three candidates.
In Fontana, incumbent Lydia Salazar Wibert won, but another incumbent, Matthew Slowik was chased from office by Jesus “Jesse” Sandoval.
In Grand Terrace, councilwoman Lee Ann Garcia was displaced after 18 years in office. Reelected was Darcy McNaboe. Two other challengers, Sylvia Robles and Jackie Mitchell were elected.
In Hesperia, where there were eleven candidates in the city council race, Mike Leonard was reelected to a third term. Incumbent Paul Bosacki was ousted by Eric Schmidt.
In Highland, incumbents John Timmer and Penny Lilburn turned back a challenge by Tony Mauricio.
In Montclair, incumbents John Dutrey and Carolyn Raft were reelected.
In Needles, there was no suspense to the polling at all as mayor Ed Paget and councilmen Tony Frazier and Jim Lopez were unopposed.
In Ontario, incumbent Debra Dorst-Porada was reelected but her colleague Sheila Mautz was displaced by Paul Vincent Avila in the nine-candidate race.
In Rancho Cucamonga, Marc Steinorth ousted longtime councilman and one-time mayoral candidate Chuck Buquet. Incumbent councilman Sam Spagnolo retained his position.
In Redlands, where seven candidates competed, mayor Pete Aguilar was reelected and former mayor Pat Gilbreath made a political comeback from her defeat two years ago by being elected to the council position now held by Jerry Bean, who chose not to run.
In Rialto, councilwoman Deborah Robertson defeated councilman Ed Scott in the race to replace outgoing mayor Grace Vargas. Incumbent councilman Ed Palmer retained his seat and newcomer Shawn O’Connell polled his way to the top of five challengers.
In Twentynine Palms, Incumbent John Cole was reelected, while schoolteacher Cora Heiser bested incumbent Joel Klink.
In Upland, incumbent mayor Ray Musser turned back challenges from council members Gino Filippi and Debbie Stone. In the race for a single council seat, Glenn Bozar bested four others.
In Victorville, longtime councilman Mike Rothschild was unsuccessful in his bid for reelection, while mayor Ryan McEachron captured reelection. Jim Cox, who was Victorville city manager for 32 years, was given a berth on the council along with Gloria Garcia.
In Yucaipa, the only two incumbents vying for reelection, Denise Hoyt and Dick Riddell, handily won reelection among a field of six. Also victorious was Bobby Dean Duncan.
In Yucca Valley, incumbents George Huntington and Robert Lombardo were unopposed.

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