Former Deputy District Attorney Jason Alexander has unseated 16-year incumbent District Attorney Mike Ramos, according to the county registrar of voters.
Meanwhile, San Bernardino Councilman Henry Nickel gained a plurality over San Bernardino County 3rd District Supervisor James Ramos in the race to represent the 40th District in the California Assembly. The winner will be determined in a runoff on Nov. 6.
When James Ramos, former chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and a Democrat, decided to challenge Assemblyman Marc Steinorth, a Republican incumbent, Steinorth decided to challenge Supervisor Janice Rutherford in the 2nd District County Supervisor race. In the latest results at 1:36 a.m. Wednesday, Rutherford led with more than 52 percent of the vote.
With 100 percent of precincts reporting — but with many provisional ballots yet to be verified — Anderson received 84,918 votes, 9,567 more than Mike Ramos, or 52.98 percent to 47.02 percent. If the numbers stand, Ramos will serve out his term through the end of the year and Anderson will be sworn in.
Anderson raised $170,000 in four months of his campaign. Some of those contributions came from defendants of the Colonies corruption case in which the district attorney’s office was unsuccessful in convicting Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and others in an alleged bribery scheme. The defendants were acquitted in 2017.
Anderson said he has had no coordination with the independent group, but he is not surprised to see individuals getting involved in the election.
The mailers accused Ramos of sexual harassment and scandal citing a 2010 lawsuit against Ramos but dismissed in 2011. Two appeals were rejected by the court.
“That group they’re out for vindication,” Ramos told the Highland Community News before the election. “They hate me and they’ll do anything to take me out.”
It also appears that taxpayer advocate Ensen Mason has unseated incumbent Oscar Valdez, the auditor-controller, treasurer and tax collector. Mason leads 51.26 percent to 48.74 percent, a margin of less than 4,000 votes out of more than 155,000 counted.
Nickel, who ran a quiet campaign for the Assembly, received 46.58 percent of the vote. James Ramos got 40.23 percent but another Democrat, Lilburn Gwen Cook of Redlands, got 13.2 percent.
Ramos, a Highland resident, ran an aggressive campaign, but his dozens of mailers and newspaper advertisements did not attack his opponents.
When he announced his campaign in March, Ramos noted that since 2015 there has been a surge in Democratic registration in the 40th District, which stretches from Redlands to Rancho Cucamonga.
In the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by more than 22,000 votes, he said.
In the race for mayor of San Bernardino, City Councilman John Valdivia was leading incumbent Mayor R. Carey Davis. The two will likely compete in a runoff on Nov. 6.