San Bernardino, Ca.,- A bankrupt city with low morale failed to turn out in large numbers to cast their vote for a new leader to move the city forward. While many said it was “disheartening” to see the low turnout of voters casting their ballot, they did in fact, cast enough votes to elect Cary Davis as their new mayor over the embattled and recalled Wendy McCammack.
There are 77,588 registered voters in the city of San Bernardino and 11,275 voted in the following candidates:
Carey Davis-San Bernardino Mayor-56% (6,211 votes)
Fred Shorett-Ward 4-SB Council -66.31% (1,913 votes)
H.W. Nickel -Ward 5-SB Council- 38.49% (886 votes)
The SB Sun reports:
SAN BERNARDINO >> Carey Davis will take over as mayor next month, based on an election with slim turnout but clear results.
Davis, a corporate controller and certified public accountant, said his victory over Wendy McCammack was also a victory for the city.
“Today, San Bernardino has come together,” he said to loud applause at an election night party at Arrowhead Country Club. “This is a humbling moment for a man who is not used to being a political figure or having the correct sound bite at hand. This is a great day for San Bernardino.”
Davis, 61, got involved in city politics last spring when he studied financial statements and concluded that years of excessive spending — particularly on pension benefit increases, which McCammack supported — left a clear trail of bad decisions leading up to the city’s 2012 bankruptcy filing.
He has disagreed on many key points with McCammack, 55, who represented the 7th Ward on the City Council for 13 years, until she was recalled in the same November election that saw her finish just ahead of Davis among a 10-person field.
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