Election days come and go, but the struggle of the people to create a government which represents all of us . . . a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial and environmental justice—that struggle continues.
Although a few races remain undecided, the historic 2018 midterm election is over. Statewide, 39.0 percent of California voters cast ballots this year. Voters in both Riverside and San Bernardino Counties under-performed relative to the level of voter participation at the state level—only 34.7 percent of eligible voters in San Bernardino County and 28.65 percent of voters in Riverside County cast ballots in this year’s election.
At the national level, although the highly-touted “blue wave” did not materialize to the extent some had hoped, despite the impacts of gerrymandering and what some described as blatant voter suppression, Democrats gained control of the U.S. House of Representatives and several state houses even as they lost seats in the U.S. Senate.
In addition, women, who represent more than half the nation’s electorate, secured a record number of congressional seats although they remain grossly under-represented in congress.
This election also saw several Americans make history. From a congressional perspective New York elected the youngest women, Michigan and Minnesota elected the first Muslim women, Massachusetts elected the first Black woman, New Mexico and Kansas elected the first Native American women, New Mexico elected the first Latina governor, and Colorado elected the first openly gay man to serve as its governor.
The State of California re-elected long-time Senator Dianne Feinstein, while voters in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties elected/re-elected the following individuals to represent the inland region in the U. S. House of Representatives:
At the state level, California elected Gavin Newsome, Governor; Eleni Kounalakis, Lieutenant Governor; and re-elected Xavier Becerra, Attorney General, Alex Padilla, Secretary of State; Steve Poizner will continue serving as Insurance Commissioner; Fiona Ma will once again serve as State Treasurer, Betty T. Yee was re-elected to serve as State Controller and as of Wednesday, although Marshall Tuck held a slim lead over Tony Thurmond Wednesday morning, the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction was still too close to call.
The following statewide propositions were approved by voters:
The following statewide propositions were defeated:
Statewide election results are available on the website of Secretary of State Alex Padilla at https://vote.sos.ca.gov/.
Closer to home, voters in Riverside County elected the following state representatives:
Riverside voters also elected Karen Speigel to serve as County Supervisor representing District 2, and as of Wednesday, Russ Bogh appeared to have edged out Jeff Hewitt (50.38% to 49.62%) and is poised to represent District 5. Also, Joel Anderson was elected to fill the 4th District seat on the California State Board of Equalization.
In one of the most highly contested local races in recent years, Deputy Sheriff Chad Bianco unseated longtime Riverside County Sheriff, Coroner and Public Administrator, Stan Sniff. Although nearly 250,000 votes remained uncounted Wednesday morning, Bianco held a clear and commanding lead with 56 percent of the votes among the ballots already totaled compared to 43 percent for Sniff.
The following individuals were elected to serve as mayors in Riverside area cities across the county:
One local initiative followed by the IE Voice, was Moreno Valley’s Measure M which called for a tax on the commercial cannabis industry, passed overwhelmingly with 72.56 percent of the vote.
You can review Riverside County election results for all city and county positions and initiatives within its jurisdiction at https://www.voteinfo.net/.
San Bernardino County voters elected the following state representatives:
The following individuals were elected to the State Board of Equalization: District 1, Republican, Ted Gaines; District 3, Republican Rick Marshall and District 4 will be represented by Democrat, Mike Schaeffer.
The following individuals were elected to serve as mayors in San Bernardino area cities:
You can review San Bernardino County election results for all city and county positions and initiatives within its jurisdiction at http://www.sbcountyelections.com/.