San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman is leading in the race for San Bernardino County’s Fourth District Supervisorial seat, according to early unofficial election results Tuesday night, June 7.
“I’m very pleased, very happy with the strong support,” Hagman said election night, shortly after the first results had been released by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters. “The residents say they like the direction the county is going and they’re hoping it will continue to go that way.”
After eight years in office, Hagman was facing a potentially tough fight yet at the ballot box in Tuesday’s primary election.
In the primary, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors faced off against state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, and political newcomer Larry Wu for the Fourth District supervisorial seat.
As of midnight, with 16,727 votes counted, Hagman led with 53.21%, followed by Leyva with 39.33% and Wu with 7.41% of the vote.
The Fourth District includes Chino, Chino Hills, Montclair, Ontario and the southern half of Upland.
Hagman, who previously led the GOP as minority leader in the California Assembly, campaigned on his record, including how the county government responded to the coronavirus pandemic, increased spending on law enforcement and public safety and the return of Ontario International Airport to local control in 2016.
Leyva, who found herself sharing a district with another Democratic state senator after legislative boundaries were redrawn in December, also campaigned on her record, including helping to raise the minimum wage, making the first year of community college free and eliminating the statute of limitations on prosecuting people accused of rape or sexual assault. If elected, she promised to create well-paying local jobs, building more affordable housing, improving roads and other infrastructure, improve public safety, and preparing for future coronavirus outbreaks.
Wu, an insurance salesman living in Chino and a political newcomer, campaigned on improving government accountability, supporting police and public safety personnel, improved services for seniors and other community members, pension reform and “smart growth” in the Fourth District.
If a candidate gets 50% of the vote in the primary election, plus one vote more, they’ll win the race outright and take their seat on the Board of Supervisors when the new terms begin in December. If nobody wins outright on Tuesday, the top two candidates will meet up in the Nov. 8 general election.