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Lovingood elected as 1st District Supervisor by narrow margin

Update: While the race became tighter overnight, Robert Lovingood maintained a margin of 2.44 percentage points over his opponent Rick Roelle, according to unofficial results. Lovingood won 51.22 percent of the total vote, winning the race for 1st District Supervisor.


SAN BERNARDINO • Robert Lovingood had a narrow lead in the race for San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor, leading with 5.61 percentage points over his opponent Rick Roelle, according to results released at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

“We have a long night ahead,” Lovingood said of the preliminary results. “We have to see if the trend holds.”

Lovingood and Roelle are competing for representation of the 1st District — the largest district in San Bernardino, America’s largest county. The elected candidate will represent more than 400,000 residents living in the Victor Valley and the majority of unicorporated areas, from Wrightwood to the Nevada border, an area of more than 15,000 miles.

The two candidates have had different focuses in their campaigns, which match their occupations and experience.

Lovingood, an Apple Valley resident and president of ICR Staffing Services in Victorville, has emphasized job creation in his campaign. According to his campaign website, Lovingood believes that creating jobs will create revenue to expand public safety and improve infrastructure, which will in turn lead to improvements in the schools and communities.

Roelle, an Apple Valley Town Councilman and lieutenant with San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department, has focused on public safety. He believes that safety will create better communities, which will draw new businesses and create jobs for the county.

In the primary election in June, Lovingood and Roelle were the leading contenders for the position out of a field of nine candidates. Neither candidate received the required 50 percent of the vote to win the election outright, leading to a runoff in Tuesday night’s election.

Current 1st District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt was elected in the primaries in June 2008 with more than 60 percent of the vote. Mitzelfelt decided against running for re-election this year in favor of running for the Congressional 8th District, but lost that race in the primaries.

These results represent the final numbers available as of press time Tuesday night. Check for updated results Wednesday.

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