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ELECTION PARTY: Former Victorville City Manager Jim Cox, left, mingles with guests during an election party at the Grumpy Golfer Bar and Grill in Victorville on Tuesday. Cox was in the lead for one of three open council seats Tuesday evening.

Cox, Garcia, McEachron secure Victorville City Council seats

Update: Jim Cox, Gloria Garcia, and Ryan McEachron all secured their seats in Victorville city coucil, according to unofficial final results. Cox remained in first place, but Garica was close behind, only trailing Cox by 0.95 percentage points. McEachron came in third trailing Garcia by 1.37 percentage points, with 11.78 percent of the total votes.

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VICTORVILLE • Jim Cox, Gloria Garcia and Ryan McEachron are in position to secure three open seats on the Victorville City Council, according to preliminary results released at 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Cox, a former city manager, was leading the race by 1.27 percentage points, securing 14.17 percent of the initial vote.

“Of course I’m excited. But this is so early,” Cox said. “All we can do is wait. It’s amazing how many votes have been cast. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and see what happens.”

Garcia, a small business owner, was in second place with 12.90 percent of the total vote. McEachron, one of two incumbents, was trailing Garcia by only 0.43 percentage points.

“I think it looks good for me,” McEachron said. “There’s still a lot more to come in, but so far so good.”

Fourteen candidates vied for three spots on the Victorville City Council. The remaining two spots are occupied by Jim Kennedy and Angela Valles, who were elected in 2010 and will serve on the council for two more years.

McEachron and incumbent Mike Rothschild, along with Cox, have put the most funding into their campaigns, according to previous reports.

Rothschild had 9.45 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results.

The results of Tuesday night’s election could have a significant impact on a highly divided City Council. In the past two years, Valles and the rest of the council have disagreed on many issues, especially on spending.

Valles endorsed three candidates in this race — one of whom was Garcia. Valles would need another one of her candidates to be elected in order to shift the balance of power.

Aaron Korn, a small business owner, and Melinda O’Connor — also endorsed by Valles — had 8.01 percent and 9.56 percent of the vote, respectively.

The other eight candidates have percentages as follows:

• Frank Atkins, former quality control sampler — 1.25 percent

• Byron Leonell Castellanos, building general contractor — 6.11 percent

• Sanford W. Cramer III, independent contractor — 2.58 percent

• Curtis Green, businessman and educator — 7.48 percent

• Shawn Hubbard, law enforcement and transportation — 3.61 percent

• Marshall Kagan, retired CPA — 7.13 percent

• Robert Larivee, executive — 1.16 percent

• Carlos A. Proano, civil servant — 4.12 percent

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

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