The city’s next mayor will serve a four-year term an earn an annual salary of $82,764

By Alicia Robinson – Staff Writer
Published: June 6, 2016
Updated: June 8, 2016 7:31 a.m.

UPDATE (7:26 a.m.): Vote count updated.

Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey won re-election Tuesday evening, defeating Councilman Paul Davis and five others for a second term, based unofficial election returns.

Bailey, who had 64 percent of the vote (21,276) as of 7 a.m. Wednesday morning when all 82 precincts completed reporting, finished the mayoral race well ahead of the number of votes needed — 50 percent plus one vote — to avoid a November runoff with Councilman Paul Davis, who was solidly in second place.

Davis finished with 5,429 votes (16 percent).

The six candidates on the ballot were Bailey, Davis and residents Sally Martinez, Nancy Melendez, Vivian Moreno and Patrick Small.

In response to the results, Bailey, whose party was at a home near the Victoria Club, thanked his supporters and God and then took off his shoes and did a fully clothed cannonball into the pool where his wife and daughters were swimming.

Reached later by phone, Bailey said he was surprised by his large early lead and “honored that the voters have validated my return to office.”

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