Inland Empire News
San Bernardino councilwoman recalled, receives most votes in mayor race
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (KABC) -- The city of San Bernardino, which has been rocked by scandals and bankruptcy, got a surprise from voters. Councilmember Wendy McCammack was recalled from her council seat, but she received the most votes in the mayoral race.
McCammack, who is currently serving her fourth term on the city council, seems to be getting punished and rewarded by voters at the same time.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 57 percent of voters chose to recall McCammack from her seat on the council. But at the same time, even more total voters are supporting her in the 10-person race for mayor.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, McCammack was No. 1 overall in the race with 25 percent of the votes. The person with the second highest number of votes was Carey Davis with 23 percent. They will likely be in a two-person runoff in February.
McCammack was asked what message she thinks the voters are sending.
"I think the message is, 'Maybe she'd be better as a mayor.' And I think maybe the message is, 'She has been saying what we have been saying all along, and she has been borne out to be right,'" said McCammack.
Whatever the outcome, the next mayor of San Bernardino will have a very big job. The city is dealing with a host of issues from bankruptcy to skyrocketing pension costs and high crime.
Davis said the bankruptcy is the most pressing issue, but stressed that the city needs to be united.
"We need to come together as a city. Our city needs to work together, and we need to try to eliminate the toxic environment that's been in City Hall," he said.
McCammack has fought with the current mayor, who chose not to run again. The city has had its share of corruption allegations as well. One of McCammack's former colleagues on the city council, Chas Kelley, dropped out of his race and resigned his council seat three weeks ago when he pleaded guilty to perjury charges over misuse of campaign funds.
Councilman Robert Jenkins, who was charged with 30 counts in a case involving identity theft and stalking charges, stayed in his race, but he lost to his opponent: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Jenkins had 44 percent of the vote, and Benito J. Barrios had 55 percent.
City Attorney James Penman was recalled: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 60 percent of voters chose to recall Penman.
On the other hand, City Councilman John Valdivia beat his recall election. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, 63 percent of voters chose not to recall Valdivia.
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