A week after the election, there are still nearly 200,000 ballots to be processed in Riverside County, but Linda Molina and Wendy Hewitt were locked in a tie with the most votes in the race for three Calimesa City Council seats.
As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, incumbent Molina and newcomer Hewitt each had 1,817 votes, while incumbents Bill Davis had 1,559 votes and Ed Clark had 1,436 votes.
Four of Calimesa’s five council seats were up for election. Molina, Hewitt, Davis and Clark are all vying for the three four-year seats, while appointee Jeff Cervantez ran unopposed for the remaining two years of the late Jim Hyatt’s council seat.
Calimesa’s seats are at-large, meaning the three candidates with the most votes will be elected.
The Riverside County Registrar of Voters has posted a statement on its website that while Election Night vote counting is complete, the results are not final. Approximately 169,000 vote-by-mail and 25,000 provisional ballots still must be processed.
Since Election Night, Molina and Hewitt have been neck-and-neck with the most votes, while Davis and Clark have trailed, respectively.
Davis currently serves as the mayor of Calimesa and Molina is mayor pro tem. Clark serves double duty as the commander of Calimesa’s Citizens on Patrol, while Hewitt is a longtime volunteer in the community and a board member on the Calimesa Chamber of Commerce.
To stay up to date on election results, visit the Riverside County Registrar of Voters’ website at voteinfo.net
Yucaipa City Council
At the beginning of the Yucaipa City Council race for District 5, on Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. the race was too close to call. Results were not finalized due to the totals not being over 50% for any particular candidate.
The race started out with incumbent Dick Riddell in the lead but by 4 p.m. on Nov. 4, Riddell was trailing challenger Jon Thorp by only 10 votes -1,364 to 1,354.
Slowly Thorp started gaining ground and as of 4 p.m. Nov. 10, Thorp was leading by 185 votes with 2,023 votes and Riddell at 1,838 votes.
Votes are still being counted at this time and the News Mirror will continue to do regular updates until a winner for District 5 is announced.
Supporting documents can be found at the sbcounty.gov website.
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School Board
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.
San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency
In the race for the Division 5 seat on the San Gorgonio Pass Water Agency, Larry Smith had extended his lead over Nancy Carroll, while incumbent Leonard Stephenson remained a distant third.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Calimesa City Councilman had 2,911 votes to the former Beaumont Mayor’s 2,594, while Stephenson had 1,881. The four-year seat represents the Beaumont and Calimesa service areas.
A week after the election, there were still nearly 200,00 ballots to be processed in Riverside County.