With numbers leaving little doubt, the incumbents in the major Simi Valley elections score a victory, but not without first proving that some candidates made a very worthy first shot and what will no doubt become a political future for some.
Simi Valley Mayor
Paul Miller is our mayor again, with 78.66% of the vote. Bruce Witkin comes second with 13.29%, with Ed Lang bringing in just over 7%.
Simi Valley City Council
Barbra Williamson and Steve Sojka get to keep their jobs as City Councilmembers, earning 29.02% and 35.77% of the votes respectively. Mike Judge pulled in impressive numbers with 17.21%. Something tells me we’ll be seeing more of him…
Simi Valley School Board
Debbie Sandland earned 22.92%, Janice DiFatta took 18.21% and Rob Collins took 23.95% of the vote for Simi Valley Board of Education, making the incuments the victors in this election as well. Ray Cruz came close with over 15%, rounding out the totals with over 10% to Eric Smith and just over 8% to Brad Jashinsky. I firmly believed both would make good candidates, but I don’t think enough people got a chance to see or hear more of them.
Congratulations to all!
As I sit here and watch Senator John McCain’s concession speech, I can’t help but to wonder what some of the local candidates are thinking about right now. Is it excitement? Anxiety? My wife and I were discussing it briefly and it occurred to us that we haven’t experienced anything like the anticipation they must be feeling now.
I’m scouring the internet and listening to and reading every bit of local election news I can find. As soon as I hear any results on the local elections, they’ll be online here. In the meantime, I encourage you to browse this site and find out what’s to come in the coming months.
Continued best wishes to all the candidates!
Today is election day in Simi Valley. I have never been more excited to cast my vote. I encourage my visitors to post their predictions here and let me know what they think the results will be.
Plus, for any candidates that may be reading, please feel free to post a comment or send me an email and I’ll gladly publish any of your statements. As of this week, my traffic is sky-rocketing!
Mike Judge seems to be flying somewhat under the radar, but not in a bad way. He hasn’t said anything outrageous during a public forum and he hasn’t attacked the incumbents. He’s just shared his ideas, specifically regarding law enforcement, a topic he understands all too well as a law enforcement officer.
I highly recommend checking out his website at http://www.judgementsv.com/ and reading a little more about his campaign. Of all the other council challengers, excluding the mayoral candidates, I’ve seen more signs from Mike Judge throughout Simi than for anyone else. In fact, as I type this, it occurs to me that Mike Judge’s are the only signs from a challenger that I’ve seen. We might be able to use the election results as a scientific conclusion to the sign argument.
Barbra Williamson and her group of supporters were showing some love on the corner of Erringer and Simi Valley Town Center Way on Tuesday night. And here’s the scoop…
I just read this:
The sign ordinance favors incumbents because no business owner wants to show he or she is partial to a challenger because it isn’t good business – and at least one of the incumbents throws major canniption (sic) fits.
Could someone please email me and let me know who throws the fits please?
Barbra Williamson supporters will be gathered at the corner of Simi Town Center Way and Erringer this evening and I plan to be there with my camera. Check back soon for video highlights.
The discussion continues with Eric Smith, candidate for Simi Valley Board of Education.