VENTURA (CBSLA) — Carmen Ramirez has taken an early lead over Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn for the Ventura County District 5 Supervisor race.
As of 12:04 a.m., Ramirez has earned 54.8% of the reported votes while Flynn has received 45.2%.
In Ventura County, the winner will take over in District 5 for incumbent Supervisor John Zaragoza, whose term has ended.
Both candidates are current members of the Oxnard City Council, Mayor Flynn and Mayor Pro Tem Ramirez.
District 5 includes the city of Oxnard, the largest by population in the county. It also includes the communities communities of Oxnard Shores, Mandalay Bay, Silver Strand, Hollywood Beach, Hollywood by the Sea, Channel Islands Harbor, El Rio, Nyeland Acres, Del Norte, Oxnard College, Oxnard Plain, Strickland and a portion of the Ventura County Naval Base Pt. Hueneme.
In San Bernardino County, Joe Baca Jr. has taken an early lead over Jesse Armendarez for the District 5 Supervisor seat.
Armendarez, a Fontana city councilman and real estate agent, has received just 39.98% of the votes as of 10:30 p.m. Baca Jr, a Rialto councilman and teacher, has secured 59.99%.
In the presidential primary election on March 3, Baca Jr. and Armendarez were the two candidates with the most votes, advancing them to the current runoff election to determine who will fill the seat.
District 5 includes the cities of Colton, Fontana, Rialto, and San Bernardino as well as the unincorporated communities of Bloomington, El Rancho Verde, Glen Helen, Arrowhead Farms, Muscoy, Little Third and Rosena Ranch.