James Breitling defeats incumbent Janice Elliot in Upland District 2 council race – San Bernardino Sun

James Breitling has won the District 2 Upland City Council seat, defeating incumbent Janice Elliot.

As of Dec. 5, Breitling led by 545 votes. Election results have yet to be finalized in San Bernardino County, there are 2,000 mail-in ballots and 50 provisional ballots left to count. The registrar has until Dec. 8 to certify the vote tally.

Breitling said the election came down to voters making their decisions based on messaging. He said he found one of the community’s biggest concerns was public safety and his procurement of the Upland Police Department endorsement helped out.

“I am actually very excited that the voters elected me,” said Breitling. “There are so many things that I would love to start off with but I know you can’t come out of the gate.” 

Breitling’s opponent Elliot was voted into an at-large seat on the Upland City Council in November 2016 for a two-year term. She moved to District 2 in the 2018 election after the city adopted by-district voting.

Elliot said she was surprised by the turnout after she received what she described as positive feedback.

“It is something that completely blindsided me,” Elliot said. “I had no idea it was going to happen this way. I canvassed, me and my volunteers canvassed the whole district and we just got really positive feedback.”

Public safety and transparency were things Breitling said he would focus on in his campaign and if elected, along with increasing public engagement with the city.

“It works best when you have city officials, staff, and the public all working on the same level,” said Breitling. “That is when it works best and that for me is going to be one of my primary goals, is making sure the public is engaged on matters that require them to be engaged.”

According to Breitling’s campaign website, he has over 20 years of experience working in California’s state and local government.

He’s worked for several California legislators in the state Senate and Assembly and is currently the director of Public Policy and Government Affairs for the Construction Industry Coalition on Water Quality and Construction Air Quality Coalition.

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