San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 11/06/13, 6:09 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> The election results on Wednesday looked much the same as they did shortly after the polls closed Tuesday night — but City Hall was beginning to take on a different look than it had a day before the election.

Two races are headed for a Feb. 4 run-off because neither candidate got more than 50 percent — Wendy McCammack and Carey Davis for mayor and Fred Shorett and Anthony Jones for the 4th Ward City Council seat. Other than that, none of the city’s races appeared vulnerable to change in a recount based on unofficial results from all precincts.

That includes the 7th Ward, where Jim Mulvihill beat four other challengers to garner 41 percent of the votes for who should replace McCammack after she was recalled in Tuesday’s election.

The city charter doesn’t include a provision for run-offs in recall elections, so Mulvihill will be sworn into office at the Nov. 18 council meeting, City Clerk Gigi Hanna said.

Gary Saenz, who was chosen to replace James F. Penman as city attorney after Penman’s recall, will also be sworn in that day but ceremonially, Hanna said, because given the importance of having an acting city attorney before then, she plans to swear in Saenz immediately after county Registrar of Voters Michael Scarpello certifies the election results Wednesday afternoon.

Winners of the non-recall races will be sworn in March 3. They are incumbent Virginia Marquez in the council’s 1st Ward and challenger Benito Barrios in the 2nd Ward, as well as the winners of the 4th Ward and mayoral run-offs.

Councilman John Valdivia, who fended off a recall attempt, does not need to be sworn in again.

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