With early voting and extended voting changes this year causing some changes in the public’s voting practice in 2020, here are the results of Yucaipa area election, as of Nov. 4. Note: The San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters office has notified the News Mirror that as of 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 5, approximately 292,000 mail ballots for the county must still be processed. Another 15,300 provisional and conditional ballots must be processed. It is undetermined how many of those uncounted ballots are for the local city council races. The election is not final.
Yucaipa City Council, District 3: With 1,886 people voting in this district, incumbent Bobby Duncan is ahead of Clifford Gericke and Lee Kaberlein with 63.8% of the vote. When asked what inspired him to run for re-election, Duncan answered, “I ran for re-election in order to continue our work on the freeway corridor. I want a Costco on the 10 Freeway Corridor. I want to try and make that happen. I want to see the AVA become a reality in Yucaipa. I want to see the wind industry flourish in Yucaipa. I want to help grow our housing element responsibly. Growth is inevitable. How we grow is what I want to help manage.”
When asked what changes/improvements Duncan would like to see happen in the city that he would be an integral part of, he answered, “We have a lot of work to do on our budget. We have a paramedic budget shortfall that needs some attention and work.”
Yucaipa City Council, District 4: With 2,408 people voting, Justin Beaver is leading Stacey Chester with 61.9% of the vote, as of Nov. 4. When asked what inspired him to run in this election, Beaver answered, “As I have said all along, I noticed a genuine need for strong, common sense, leadership within the city to address the public safety shortcomings that we are seeing now, and that we can forecast for our future. Public safety has to be a city’s top priority.”
When asked what changes/ improvements Beaver would like to see happen in the city that he would be an integral part of, he answered, “I would like to see Yucaipa at least be in line with industry standards as it relates to police staffing. We don’t need to set trends, but at least be comparable to cities with similar crime stats, size and population. Like I have said before, I want to represent the citizens of this city, not make decisions for them.”
Yucaipa City Council, District 5 race is too close to call.
As of 4 p.m. on Nov. 4, results have not been finalized due to the results not being over 50% for any particular candidate. Running for this district is Patrisia Elbeck, Jon Thorp and incumbent Dick Riddell. As of 4 p.m., Nov. 4, Riddell was trailing Thorp by only 10 votes. The vote was 1,364 to 1,354. The vote is not final and the News Mirror will update on the web.