Story by Breanna Reeves and Photos by Aryana Noroozi
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the several cities across San Bernardino County as heavy rains and winds pick up on Election Day. Many voters have opted to drop their ballots off at local ballot boxes across the county. Bethel AME Church in Fontana, CA is open for in-person voting and for voters to drop off their ballots.
Voters in Fontana are voting to decide whether to re-elect mayor Acquanetta Warren or replace her with either Shannon O’Brien, a member of the Fontana City Council, or Jesus “Jesse” Sandoval, a former Fontana Unified School District board member.
Warren has served as the mayor of Fontana since 2010 and was recently featured in the new Civil Rights Institute of California.
Warren has faced opposition from some residents and opponents for her support of warehouse development in the city. In July 2022, California Attorney General Rob Bonta filed a lawsuit against the City of Fontana in response to the city’s approval of the Slover and Oleander Warehouse Project. Bonta asserted that the city had failed to appropriately “analyze, disclose, and mitigate” the project’s environmental impacts.
San Bernardino County voters braved the rain to cast their ballots at drop boxes on election day. In California, at least 4,703,295 voters cast early ballots in the 2022 election, according to data from TargetEarly, a data dashboard that reports early in-person and absentee voting trends. Voters have until 8 p.m. to cast their votes or drop their ballots off before polls close.
There are more than a dozen city council races taking place across districts in San Bernardino County including in the cities of Rialto, Yucaipa, Upland, Victorville, Rancho Cucamonga and Ontario. In Ontario alone there are six candidates running to claim the two city council seats. The candidates are incumbents Alan Wapner and Jim Bowman who are facing Aaron Bratton, Norberto Corona, Celina Lopez and Michael Duenas.
Ontario voters are also electing a mayor from three candidates including current mayor Paul Leon who is up against council member Ruben Valencia and candidate Christian Garcia.