By Michael Armijo
Eastvale – The results are in and the three seats up for election are filled. For City Council there were 3 districts up for election: District 1, 3, and 4. In District 1 the current council representative is Todd Rigby. He was unchallenged by the deadline last month so he will retain his seat. So Todd Rigby will continue to represent District 1. In District 3, Howard Feng, and Chris Hook could not beat incumbent Councilman Clint Lorimore. So Clint Lorimore will continue to represent District 3. In the final District, 4, Bart Moreno lost to Jocelyn Yow. Yow will represent District 4.
For the Corona-Norco Unified School District, only one seat affected the City of Eastvale. There was one candidate trying to upseat incumbent Bill Newberry, and she was successful. The challenger and new board member is Elizabeth “Lisa” Marroquin.
Bill Newberry received 45.9% of the votes with 3,342 votes, and winner Marroquin has 54.04% of the votes with 3,930 votes.
In District 3 winner Clint Lorimore recieved 54.15% at 717 votes, Howard Feng was at 32.40% with 429 votes, and Chris Hook has 13.44% with 178 votes.
District 4 showed winner Jocelyn Yow at 69.16% of the vote with 1139 votes, and Bart Moreno yielded 30.84% at 508 votes.
These counts are as of Nov 9 from the Riverside County Registrar’s office and do not include any provisional votes, which were not enough to change the outcome. For more information please sign onto: www.voteinfo.net.
A little history on the decision to divide the City of Eastvale into districts: The City Council previously took action at the April 27, 2016 City Council meeting to initiate the process of converting to by-district voting beginning with the November, 2016 election. The Council approved Resolution No. 16- 09 initiating the by-district process. So instead of their traditional “at large” option of voting, this resulted in a few positive changes to the city:
1. The city will have representation by all parts of the city. So as the city was cut up into 5 areas, there can only be a candidate who lives in those district areas that are up for election.
2. The marketing costs will be more affordable. So if a “rich” candidate, or someone who has the ability to raise more money than the others, dominated past elections they can no longer do so. It levels out the political playing field financially.
What has also changed is the election cycle. State law now requires all elections to be held in November, with the exception of Primary elections, which are historically held in June. This has been a great cost saver to cities who ran their elections outside of the county election cycles. Now cities who paid for elections in odd months can now streamline their costs.