Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
The mood at Chitivas Restaurant and Bar on Tuesday night was, to say the least, festive. Most of the candidates at hand had a reason to smile.
Stockton City Councilwoman Susan Talamantes Eggman was watching her vote share increasing steadily until reaching a solid 73.5 percent over challenger Ralph Lee White, who barely surpassed the 26% mark. Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani celebrated her second victory over Republican Jack Mobley, this time for over 16 percent points.
Some Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) hopefuls were also there cheering each report flashing from the overhead screens. David Varela got to replace outgoing Area 5 trustee —and current Board President— Beverly McCarthy, who wasn’t seeking a new term.
Newcomer Sara Cazares upset veteran trustee Bill Ross, who lost in a similar scenario as the one that got him the post back in 2006, when a third candidate split the vote. (for photos of this event, click here http://BilingualWeekly.imagekind.com/electionnightatchitivas)
Meanwhile at the Miracle Mile Ave Café, Ross, McCarthy and some fifteen supporters took comfort on Salvador Ramirez’s win over parent-advocate AngelAnn Flores 53 to 47 percent, spite a mid-year controversy over his residence.
A few feet eastward, at the Valley Brewery, with television cameras at hand, firefighters held their hope until late into the night watching as voters steadily favored Measure H, a City Charter change that will radically change the privileged status that Stockton firefighters had enjoyed for decades.
Hispanic candidates who did not succeed were Xochitl Paderes who improved her numbers dramatically from the June Primaries, but was still far from catching incumbent Elbert Holman Jr. who gained his first term as a rightfully elected Stockton Councilman for District One. Arthur Murillo —who withdrew from the race months ago— got 30 percent of the vote of Stockton Council’s District 3.
Lastly, voters in the Lincoln Unified School District once again declined to elect Delta College instructor Pedro Ramirez, the lone Latino in the Ballot.
Around San Joaquin County Latino candidates did not fare too well either. Except for Manteca City Council incumbent Vincent Hernandez II, all others were surpassed.
Lodi City Council candidate Tony Amador got a humble fifth place with almost 12 percent of the vote.
Tracy Mayor candidate Linda Gonzalez got a third of the incumbent, Brent Ives, votes, while Tracy City Council hopeful Juana Dement got a sixth place for the two seats available. Meanwhile Lathrop City Council Hispanic candidates Omar Ornelas and Rosalinda Valencia got third and fourth place, respectively, with only two seats open.
Oak View Union School District candidate Joel Maldonado got fifth on a three-seat race and, finally, Roberto Martinez got barely a fourth of the voters to give him their vote for to the North San Joaquin Water Conservation – Division 2.
- Latino Candidates Ride National Republican Wave (eon.businesswire.com)