No Opponents This Year For Council Incumbents In Hesperia, Highland & Yucca Valley

In three of the county’s municipalities this election season – Hesperia, Highland and Yucca Valley – there will be no council contests at all, as no challengers of the incumbents now serving there emerged.
In two of the county’s cities – Needles and Yucaipa – none of the incumbents due to stand for reelection in November are vying in the council elections.
In seven of the county’s municipalities – Apple Valley, Chino Hills, Colton, Grand Terrace, Redlands, Twentynine Palms and Upland – at least one incumbent will face no opposition this year.
In two cities – Barstow and Chino – an incumbent in one of those cities’ races is not competing.
In Hesperia, District 3 Councilman Cameron Gregg and incumbent District 4 Councilwoman Brigit Benington were given free rides when no one filed to run against them. In Hesperia’s District 2, the current term of Councilman Bill Holland is due to elapse in December. He did not seek reelection, because he could not; as a result of the city’s redistricting in 2021, the borders of District 2 were moved such that he is no longer a District 2 resident. No candidates came forward to run in the election for District 2 and the city council has chosen Allison Lee from among seven applicants to fill the post until 2026.In Highland, no one is challenging incumbent Anaeli Solano in District 2 or John Timmer in District 4.
In Yucca Valley, District 1 Councilman and current Mayor Jim Schooler, District 3 Councilman Merl Abel and District 5 Councilman Rick Denison have no opposition this year.
In Needles, neither Mayor Jeff Williams nor Councilman Ed Paget nor Councilman Wade Evans nor Councilman Zachery Longacre are seeking reelection.
In Yucaipa, District 1 Councilman and current Mayor David Avila and District 2 Councilman Greg Bogh have chosen not to stand for reelection.
In Apple Valley, where the first mayoral election in that city’s history is to be held this year, no one is running against Councilman Scott Nassif.
In Chino Hills, Councilman Peter Rogers has no opposition.
In Colton, District 1 Councilman David Toro is unopposed.
In Grand Terrace, Councilman Doug Wilson is going unchallenged this year.
Redlands District 3 Councilman and current Mayor Paul Barich, this year running in a redrawn District 5, is not being challenged.
In Twentynine Palms, Daniel Mintz in District 3 and McArthur Wright in District 5 are in no-contests.
Upland Third District Councilman Carlos Garcia has an unobstructed path to reelection this year.
In Barstow, Tim Silva is not seeking reelection in District 1.
In Chino, incumbent District 2 Councilman Walt Pocock has elected to not seek election.
In the county seat of San Bernardino, incumbent Mayor John Valdivia is not vying in the November race for mayor. He finished third in the polling for mayor that was conducted with the June 7 Primary Election and thus did not qualify for the run-off in the November 8 General Election.

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