Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
Created: 03/09/2011 08:45:45 PM PST

Voters created the new city of Jurupa Valley and elected three incumbents in San Dimas and two new faces in Claremont on Tuesday.

Claremont does have provisional ballots to be counted today, which might change the result of the third seat on the ballot.

About 200 votes by mail and 100 provisional ballots will be counted today, according to the Claremont web site.

Claremont candidate Joe Lyons holds a 195-vote lead over candidate Robin Haulman for the third seat on the council. Lyons leads 2,470 votes to 2,275.

Lyons sounded confident of his chances Wednesday despite being behind early in the vote count.

“I’m glad the counts turned around with my name recognition, canvassing and my performance at the forums,” Lyons said.

In the two other seats up for election in Claremont, incumbent Sam Pedroza easily won re-election with 3,336 votes while newcomer Opanyi Nasiali was second with 2,697.

Pedroza said he was nervous but “I felt I had a lot of confidence in talking to people. They like what I’ve done but you always just talk to a handful of the people when compared to the total voters.”

Nasiali said he was just relieved he won.

“I’m glad people agreed with my message of living within our means,” Nasiali said Wednesday. “And I’ll try to make decisions based on that theme.”

A special Claremont City Council meeting will be held March 17 to certify the election results. The newly elected council will be sworn in and the council reorganized at that time.

In Jurupa Valley, in Riverside County, the election results are expected to be certified tonight at 6 p.m. The new city was approved by a margin of 541 votes, with 121 provisional ballots still to be counted.

“I felt all along we were going to win,” said Todd Roeper, president of the Yes on Measure A committee.

Jurupa Valley will have an estimated 88,000 population and encompass 43.5 square miles. Its borders are Ontario and Fontana on the north, the 15 Freeway on the west, Riverside on the east and Santa Ana River on the south.

Roeper said he was encouraged for the Jurupa Valley victory after recent Riverside Country incorporations of Wildomar, Eastvale and Menifee were passed with about 60 percent of the vote.

On Tuesday, voters selected five candidates out of 17 as the first City Council Winners were Laura Roughton, Verne Lauritzen, Michael Goodland, Frank Johnston and Brad Hancock.

In San Dimas, voters overwhelmingly selected incumbents.

In the mayor’s race, incumbent Curtis W. Morris crushed challenger Sid Maksoudian winning 85.79 percent of the vote.

Morris said he was not surprised by the outcome.

“I think in this case Mr. Maksoudian has been very vocal about a lot of things,” Morris said. “I don’t think the community responded very well to that. He hasn’t convinced people there’s all these problems he sees. I think a lot of people don’t like the way he approaches things.”

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