The race for State Senate District 23 between Republican Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh and Democrat Abigail Medina is drawing closer to a winner. The seat covers cities in both Riverside and San Bernardino County. As of Nov. 18, Bogh leads by 13,000 votes in Riverside County and 6,000 votes in San Bernardino County.

Bogh, a Yucaipa resident, hopes to celebrate after the election results are certified and  final.

The seat is vacated by senator Mike Morrell, who is termed out this year.  The large district includes towns in both San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.

The News Mirror will continue to follow the race, as there are still vote-by mail and provisional ballots to process in both counties.

Yucaipa District 5 seat

Since last week’s update on the Yucaipa City Council race for District 5, on Nov. 10, the results then were Thorp leading by 185 votes with 2,023 votes and Riddell at 1,838 votes.

As of Nov. 17, at 4 p.m. the results are as follows: Thorp votes totaling to 2,327 and Riddell votes totaling 2,081. Thorp is in the lead by 246 votes.

Votes are still being counted at this time and the News Mirror will continue to  update, until a winner for District 5 is officially announced.

Supporting documents can be found at the website.

Miller and Bogh Coate, hold strong leads for Board of Ed

Cathy Bogh Coate and Debbie Miller continued to hold big leads in unofficial results for seats on the board of trustees for the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.

Three four-year board seats were up for election, however, only two were contested as appointee Mike Snellings ran unopposed in Area 2, which includes portions of middle and lower Yucaipa and most of the Chapman Heights area.

This is the first time that voters have had the opportunity to elect board members by-district in Areas 1, 2 and 3. In the 2016 election, these seats were all at-large, but in 2017, the board approved moving to by-trustee elections. Candidates can now only run for the board seat of the area in which they live.

In Area 3, which is bordered by County Line Road and Wildwood Canyon Road down to Fifth Street, Miller had 3,758 votes to Ayah Khairallah’s 544, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Area 1 represents all of Calimesa in Riverside County and parts of upper and lower Yucaipa in San Bernardino County. In San Bernardino County, Bogh Coate, who’s a teacher, has 1,170 votes to partnership advocate Gregg Sneller’s 402. In Riverside County, Bogh Coate has 1,271 votes to Sneller’s 535. Giving Bogh Coate a total of 2,441 votes to Sneller’s total of 937, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Neither counties have posted final results.


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