Elections

By Shea Johnson, Staff Writer
Posted Apr. 3, 2016 at 3:21 PM

The California Secretary of State and San Bernardino County Election’s office released their lists of certified candidates Friday, detailing the make-up of six pivotal local races. The lists show not much changed in recent weeks with the exception of some fringe candidates not qualifying for the ballot.

In the 8th Congressional District race, incumbent Paul Cook, R-Apple Valley, will take on former Assemblyman and fellow Republican Tim Donnelly and three Democrats — former Copper Mountain College board member Dr. Rita Ramirez, Victor Valley Community College Board President John Pinkerton and U.S. Army combat veteran Roger La Plante.

In the 21st state Senate District seat being vacated by state Sen. Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, and Republican law firm co-owner Star Moffatt are vying for the office along with Democrats Johnathon Ervin, an aerospace engineer, and Steve Hill, an appraiser and businessman.

Incumbent state Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, plans to fend off challenges from Democratic educator Ronald J. O’Donnell and Democratic small businessman Mark Westwood in the state 23rd Senate District.

Incumbent 33rd District Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Hesperia, is facing a challenge from licensed building contractor Scott Markovich, a Democrat who ran for the seat on a GOP ticket in 2014.

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