Eighth mayoral term likely for Ledford

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Palmdale City Council incumbents Richard Loa and Jim Root didn’t seek re-election. In the Antelope Valley Union High School District race for three seats, incumbents Al Beattie and Jim Lott and retired teacher Ira Simonds were ahead. Other challengers were Diana Beard-Williams, D. Elena Kolbengston, Bernie Longjohn, Roger Price and James Shanbrom. Incumbent Calvin Robinson did not seek re-election. In the Antelope Valley College board race for three seats, incumbent Steve Buffalo, Mike Adams and Betty Weinke were ahead of challengers Steve Fox, Timothy Hayes and Angel Rice. In Westside School District’s race for three seats, incumbent Christine LeBeau, corrections officer John Curiel and teacher Linda Jones were ahead. Other challengers were Paul Cramer, Steven DeMarzio, and Joan Sodergren. PALMDALE – Mayor Jim Ledford appeared headed for an eighth term Tuesday as Palmdale’s mayor, according to early returns. Los Angeles police officer Steve Knight, son of the late state Sen. W.J. “Pete” Knight, and Palmdale School District trustee Tom Lackey were leading in the race for two City Council seats. Ledford’s only opponent was Desmond Kester, a Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office supervisor who also ran for mayor in 2001. Other council candidates were Planning Commission Chairman John Mayfield; homeowner activist Marta Williamson-Cox Kester; Jeannette Buteyn; Palmdale Library trustee Patricia Shaw; Kathleen Morgan; Mark Walters; and Craig Tappa. Trustee Marty Meeden did not seek re-election, and Charles Brink moved out of the district, vacating his seat. In the Palmdale School District’s race for three seats, incumbents Sandy Corrales and Sheldon Epstein and Knight High School Vice Principal Jeff Ferrin were ahead. Incumbent Shawny Barcelona and challenger Alicia Dale were trailing. In the Lancaster School District race for three seats, incumbents Keith Giles and Greg Tepe and United Way executive Diane Grooms were ahead. Also running was Rebecca Fox. After serving 20 years on the board, trustee Richard White did not seek re-election. In the Eastside Union School District’s race for three seats, incumbents Charles Cooke and Martha Johnson and appointed incumbent David Eubanks were ahead of challengers Joanna Gaudi and John Altin Ginn. In the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District race for three seats, police Capt. Mark Distaso, attorney Larry Layton and business owner Leona Ruth Sexton were ahead of appointed incumbent Maximino Duran and incumbent Fred Heslep. Also running were retired software engineer Ron Bird, newspaper publisher Charles Brink, educator Geraldine Rose Davis, health care manager Michael Richard Hughes and parent and educator Deborah Jauregui-Rocha. In the Southern Kern Unified School District, incumbents Mario Gutierrez and Ralph Nelson and retiree Mike Escalante were ahead of incumbent Robert Vincelette Jr. and businesswoman Jean Brazeal. In three Palmdale Water District races, water system manager Gordon Dexter was ahead of appointed incumbent Jeff Storm, retired firefighter Richard Wells was ahead of incumbent Ronald Cunningham, and incumbent Nolan Negaard was ahead of industrial electrician Dave Gomez. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more