Cabriales may be out, McEachron undecided; committee formed to back three opposing candidates

June 29, 2012 9:20 AM
Brooke Edwards Staggs, City Editor

VICTORVILLE • Three seats are up for grabs on the Victorville City Council in November — and it appears at least one of them will go uncontested by an incumbent.

Mayor Ryan McEachron, Mayor Pro Tem Rudy Cabriales and Councilman Mike Rothschild will each term out this fall.

Rothschild is already actively campaigning to run for his seventh term on the council, with a fundraiser planned for Aug. 4.

Cabriales didn’t return calls for comment, but multiple council members said he’d told them that, after 14 years at the dais, he doesn’t plan to run in November.

“I’m not ready to make a decision,” McEachron said Wednesday. “I’ve been talking with my wife and family and friends, just trying to figure out whether it’s something I should do.”

McEachron suffered a tough defeat in the June 5 primary, garnering just 3.78 percent of the vote in his run for the 8th Congressional District. He received 486 of the 8,024 votes cast by Victorville residents, with five of the 13 candidates in the hotly contested race receiving more votes of confidence from locals instead.

Another factor that could come to bear is the San Bernardino County Grand Jury’s report on its more than threeyear investigation into the city of Victorville. That report is due out at noon Friday and may not bode well for any of the incumbents — even one -termers such as McEachron.

Citing concerns with the incumbents and how Victorville has been run, activist Dan Tate — with backing from Councilwoman Angela Valles — have formed the committee Alliance for a Better and Safer Victorville.

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