Incumbents prevailed in all the races on Highland ballots in Tuesday’s general election.
Highland City Councilman John Timmer, who took office in 1992 in the same election that sent Bill Clinton to the White House, defeated challenger Gilda Gularte with nearly 60 percent of the vote.
“I’m looking forward to continue serving the people of Highland to the best of my ability,” Timmer said Wednesday morning.
County Supervisor James Ramos made history by becoming the first California-born American Indian elected to the California Assembly. He beat San Bernardino Mayor Pro Tem Henry Nickel to fill the 40th District seat vacated by Marc Steinorth.
Rep. Paul Cook was re-elected to the 8th Congressional District for his fourth term, defeating Tea Party favorite Tim Donnelly.
All three incumbents on the East Valley Water District board — Ron Coats, Phil Goodrich and James Morales Jr. — fended off four challengers.
In Division 3 of the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, incumbent Susan Lien Longville captured more than 40 percent of the vote to beat three challengers. The division covers north San Bernardino and parts of Highland.
In Division 5, which covers Yucaipa and much of Highland, Paul Kielhold defeated fellow Yucaipa resident Ken Muñoz Sr. to fill the seat vacated by Steve Copelan.
Copelan, who has missed about three months dealing with health issues, was welcomed back at the Valley District board meeting on Tuesday.
In the San Bernardino County Board of Education, incumbent Hardy Brown II beat 22-year-old college student Luz Garcia to retain his seat representing Area D.
Measure CC, a bond issue that will raise $470 million for San Bernardino Valley and Crafton Hill community colleges, was approved by more than 60 percent of the voters.
It needed 55 percent to pass.
In nearby races, Rep. Pete Aguilar, a Redlands Democrat, defeated Republican challenger Sean Flynn decisively with more than 56 percent.
Aguilar was elected to his third term representing the 31st District.
In the 32nd Assembly District, which covers much of the Riverside and San Bernardino county desert areas, incumbent Republican Chad Mayes beat Democratic challenger DeniAntionette Mazingo with 57 percent.
In San Bernardino, Mayor R. Carey Davis was trailing Third Ward Councilman John Valdivia by less than 800 votes.
Steinorth, who quit the Assembly to challenge Third District Supervisor Janice Rutherford and lost, was ahead in the race for his old post on the Rancho Cucamonga City Council by 28 votes.
Provisional ballots — cast by voters whose name was not on the registration roll at their polling places — still need to be verified and counted.
Slightly more than a third of the 938,803 registered voters actually voted.
As usual, San Bernardino County voters were more conservative than the state. While Democrat Gavin Newsom was leading statewide in the race for governor by more than 9 percentage points, Republican John Cox was ahead with 51 percent of the vote in the county. And while 55 percent of statewide voters rejected Proposition 6, which would have repealed the 12-cent per gallon gas tax imposed a year ago, it was ahead by 59 percent in San Bernardino County.