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Contentious Third District Race Goes to November Runoff: Ramos vs Derry

James Ramos took 46.92 percent of 42,410 votes counted in the Third District and incumbent Neil Derry took 32.84 percent, according to semi-official results released just before 2 a.m. June 6.

The race for San Bernardino County Third District supervisor, who will represent Redlands and Loma Linda, now goes to a two-candidate runoff in November, according to semi-official results released early Wednesday.

James Ramos took 46.92 percent of 42,410 votes counted in the Third District and incumbent Neil Derry took 32.84 percent, according to semi-official results released just before 2 a.m. June 6.

Jim Bagley finished with 20.25 percent and was eliminated from contention.

Derry was subdued Tuesday night at Mill Creek Cattle Company in Mentone, where he and supporters monitored election returns.

"The fact is there were two Republicans in the race against one Democrat, and the votes were split," Derry said after 10 p.m. "We're hopeful we can consolidate those and come out on top in November.

"There's going to be a runoff. We have no doubt about that. We're confident. The voters will have a clear choice. . . . In a campaign where an opponent spends a million dollars, you're running against a media barrage.

"We're going to raise enough to get our message out in November," Derry said. "The advantage we're going to have is we expect a large Republican turnout. My district's heavily Republican, and since there's only two people in the race we'll be able to focus more on the differences between myself and Mr. Ramos."

The mood was more upbeat after 11 p.m. at Mi Cocina in Highland, where Ramos and supporters monitored returns.

"I feel encouraged with the results so far," Ramos said. "It shows we're in the lead, it shows the people in San Bernardino County are ready for change, and they want to shed the negative image that's been plaguing San Bernardino County for so long.

"We have to start working together as elected officials to create jobs in our area. And I think it's sending a strong message, especially to the incumbent, that it's time for change.

"That way of doing business, we're done with that," Ramos said. "I'm encouraged by the percentages and the votes that are coming in. We're in it for the long run and we're going to run a strong campaign, because San Bernardino County deserves to start moving in a positive direction."

Ken Hunter June 07, 2012 at 05:33 PM
So- 53% of the voters voted AGAINST James Ramos. I expect that number to climb to 59% in November as more voters become aware that Casinos are trying to buy this seat. The goodwill earned by Ramos' big spending in the district to good causes over the past years is diminished by his interest in becoming a politician now. All that goodwill falls by the wayside significantly as such benevolence is reduced by definition to influence peddling.
Gregory Brittain June 07, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Mr. Ramos seems like a nice guy from my limited contact with him. However, he is a liberal Dem who supports tax increase that by the way he has his fellow tribal members will not have to pay. More generally, Mr. Ramos lives on the reservation not subject to the laws he passes as a supervisor. Electing Mr. Ramos is like electing someone who lives in Riverside County or Arizona as a SB County supervisor. BTW, I am glad for the San Manuels' success and wealth. They were very poor, and they have been very generous with their success. They are also a major employer. However, that does not mean Mr. Ramos should be a supervisor for SB County. Derry is not perfect, he pled guilty to a misdemeanor, but we should support the Rep who is against tax increases.
Daniel Boone July 31, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Mr. Hunter I respect your option , yet your assessment of the statistic I believe are just plain biased. The 20 percent of the vote from many Republicans like me voted against our currency supervisor Neil Derry due to Derry's poorly run campaign. When Derry was stalking Ramos and took a picture of Ramos and made up a lie story everyone said no way this Derry action demonstrates Mr. Derry is a immature man that is desperate to win at the expense of Derry's political integrity with his third district. Ramos will now crush Derry in November picking the 20 percent due to Derry running a immature campaign.

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