Matchups Set In All But A Few November Municipal Races

All but a few of this election season’s mayoral and council races in San Bernardino County have shaped up as of today, with the elapsing of today’s 5 p.m. across-the board filing deadline for candidates in 21 of the county’s 22 cities and both towns that are to hold municipal races in November. The lone exceptions are in those contests where the incumbent is not seeking election, which by law requires that the deadline be extended another five days, in this case until August 17. Both Loma Linda and San Bernardino held their municipal elections in correspondence with the June 7 primary. Both of the incumbent councilmen who ran in Loma Linda, Phill Dupper and Ronald Dailey, prevailed, as did the three incumbent council members in San Bernardino, First Ward Councilman Ted Sanchez, Second Ward Councilwoman Sandra Ibarra and Fourth Ward Councilman Fred Shorett. Helen Tran and James Penman proved the top vote-getters in the seven-person race for mayor, and they are slated to go head-to-head in the final match-up in November.
Because the filing deadline fell so close to the Sentinel’s deadline and because the cities of Chino Hills, Chino, Highland, Needles and Upland have not posted information with regard to their elections on their respective websites, the contestants in all of the races cannot presently be listed.
In Adelanto, Diana Emeralda, Tonya Edwards, Tracy Hernandez, Jacquelin Diaz, Roy Isaiah III, Dominic Cisneros, Edward C. Reyes and JayShawn Johnson are challenging incumbents Daniel Ramos and Joy Jeannette for their positions on the city council.
It does not appear that Mayor Gabriel Reyes has filed for reelection, which has extended the filing deadline until next Friday.
In Apple Valley, incumbent Councilman Scott Nassif, who was last elected to the town council at-large in 2018, is the only person who had pulled papers to run for mayor in what is to be the first direct mayoral vote in the town’s 34-year history. Until now, the mayor has been chosen from among the five members of the council. Kari Leon, who was elected at-large to the council in 2018, is seeking election to the council in its recently created District 3. Also running for the District 3 post is Xochiti Baker. Curt Emick, last elected to the council at-large in 2018, is running for election in the town’s District 4. Running against him is Matthew Rutledge. Nassif, Leon and Emick filed their nomination papers and the registrar of voters office has verified that the required number of voter endorsements of their candidacies. The registrar has yet to verify the signatures of the signatories on Baker’s and Rutledge’s filings.
In Barstow, Tim Silva, the incumbent councilman in District 1 is not seeking reelection. That has extended the filing deadline in that race until August 19. Carmen Hernandez and Martha O’Brien have pulled papers and qualified their candidacies to replace Silva. Kelly Parker has pulled papers but the signatures endorsing his/her candidacy had not yet been verified as of 5 p.m. today.
In Barstow’s District 2, incumbent James Noble has qualified his candidacy in this year’s election as has his challenger, Terri Peralta.
In Big Bear Lake, incumbent Councilman Rick Herrick, who is currently serving as the city’s appointed mayor, has qualified his candidacy in the city’s District 2. He is being challenged by Omar Torres Cazares and Kirk Seigel, whose candidacies had yet to be certified through the confirmation of the signatures endorsing them. Incumbent District 3 Councilman Randall Putz has qualified his candidacy for this year’s race as has Paul Sokoloff, who is opposing him. Kirk Seigel pulled papers to run in District 3, but had not qualified his candidacy as of this afternoon. Appointed incumbent Councilwoman Perri Melnick has qualified her candidacy in District 4. She will face Robert Barton and Cory Blake Miholich if they succeed in getting their candidacies qualified.
A recall against District 1 Councilman Alan Lee has been qualified for the November ballot. Kendi Segovia and Jim Eakin are vying against one another in the race to replace Lee, if indeed District 1’s voters choose to remove him from office.
In Chino, Marc Lucio is running to remain on the council representing District 3. It has not been disclosed whether any other candidates are seeking the position. The candidate filing deadline for the District 2 position on the council is extended to August 17, 2022 at 5:30 pm pursuant to California Elections Code Section 10225 since the incumbent, Walt Pocock, is not running. It is known that Greg Marquez is running in District 2.
In Chino Hills, Ray Marquez in District 1, Peter Rogers in District 2, and Brian Johsz in District 4 are seeking reelection. The city clerk’s office has not disclosed who is running against them.
In Fontana, incumbent Mayor Acquanetta Warren is being challenged by Councilman Jesse Sandoval, who had not qualified his candidacy as of 5 p.m. today and Shannon O’Brien, whose candidacy is qualified. In District 1, incumbent Councilman Phillip Cothran Jr. is being challenged by Alfred Gonzales, whose candidacy has been qualified, and Ricardo Quintana, whose candidacy is awaiting verification. In District 4, incumbent John Roberts is facing Brian Kolde, whose candidacy was awaiting certification as of 5 p.m. today.
In Hesperia, Councilman Bill Holland is not seeking reelection, which has extended the filing period until August 17.
Cameron Gregg is seeking reelection in District 3, as is Brigit Bennington in District 4.
No information was available about the council race in Highland, where District 2 Councilwoman Anaeli Solano’s and District 4 Councilman John Timmer’s current terms end this year.
In Montclair Mayor John Dutrey will fend off a challenge by Oscar Miranda in November. Incumbent Councilwoman Corysa Martinez and Councilman Bill Ruh are being challenged by Juliet Orozco and Xavier Mendez.
Information on candidates in Needles, where the two-year term of Mayor Jeff Williams is to end and the four-year terms of Zachery Longacre, Ed Paget and Wade Evans will come to a close, is not available.
In Ontario, Mayor Paul Leon is facing challenges from Councilman Ruben Valencia and Christian Garcia. Councilmen Alan Wapner and Jim Bowman are seeking reelection in the face of challenges by Celina Lopez, Norberto Corona and Aaron Bratton.
In Rancho Cucamonga, it appears that Mayor Lloyd D. Michael is unopposed for mayor.
Incumbent District 2 Councilwoman Kristine Scott is being challenged by David VanGorden and Joanne Nursall , both of whom have qualified their candidacies.
It appears that Third District incumbent Ryan Hutchison is unopposed
In District 1, where those vying will be elected to a shortened two-year to fill out the term to which the late Sam Spagnolo was elected in 2020, Floyd Clark and Mary Hannah have qualified their candidacies and Erick Jimenez, Lawrence Henderson, Ashley Stickler and Rose Stephen Olmsted have taken out papers but the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters Office verification of the signatures endorsing their candidacies was pending at press time.
In Redlands, First District Councilwoman Denise Davis is being challenged by Rodgir Cohen, whose candidacy has been qualified, as well as Andrew Hoder and Tom Berg, who are awaiting a determination by the registrar of voters that the signatories of their candidacy papers are indeed registered voters in District 1.
In Redlands’ District 3, the incumbent appointed councilman, Mick Gallagher, is not seeking reelection. The filing period for the District 3 post is extended until August 17, while Mario Saucedo has qualified his candidacy and Mike Saifee is awaiting qualification.
Incumbent District 5 Councilman Paul Barich is facing no opposition.
In Rialto, Councilman Ed Scott and Councilwoman Karla Perez are being challenged by Joe Baca, Andrew Seyfried and Kelly Erving.
In Twentynine Palms, where District 3 Councilman Dan Mintz, District 4 Councilwoman and current Mayor Kamolette O’Gilvie and District 5 Councilman McArthur are up for reelection this year, information on who has qualified for this year’s contest is not available.
In Upland, it is known that Second District Councilwoman Janice Elliot, Third District Councilman Carlos Garcia and Fourth District Councilman Rudy Zuniga are intent on seeking reelection, but there is no information available about whether anyone has qualified candidacies in opposition to them.
In Yucaipa, District 1 Councilman David Avila and District 2 Councilman Greg Bogh are scheduled to stand for reelection. The city clerk has not released any information relating to those races.
In the Town of Yucca Valley, James Schooler’s term as District 1 council member is coming to a close this year as is that of District 3 Councilman Merl Abel.

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