Local Elections: Making Decisions for Your Community

Juliana Ramirez, Editorial Editor

As election day rolled around on November 3, 2020,  voters went to the polls to cast their ballots. Those ballets decided Congressional and Presidential elections, as well as propositions for the state. 

This year’s election also decided important local positions and propositions for the city of Selma.   Usually during the election season local elections can get overlooked in how they’re publicised or promoted. However the people of Selma turned out to the polls, voting on city council members, school board officials, and for the first time, the people of Selma were able to elect an official for mayor. Voters also made decisions for the healthcare board as well as on two measures proposed for the city.

The completed results came in for the mayoral election with 7,182 votes in total. With 3,962 votes and 55% of the votes, Scott Roberstson was elected to be mayor. Louis Franco, who ran against Robertson, got 45% of the votes (3,220 vote in total.)

In the race for school board, a representative for Area 2 was decided. Nick Sahota will be filling that seat with 34% of the vote, 519 total votes. Jaspreet Nagra is the runner-up in a close race with 32% of the vote and 495 out of the 1,508 votes casted.

For city council, the city of Selma voted in representatives for Districts 1 and 4. 

District 1 voted in Blanca Mendoza Navarro, who took 37% of the vote (768 votes). Runner up in what was also a very close race, is Jimmie “Jim” Alvalos with 36% (735 votes).

In district 4, Beverly Cho was voted in with 55% of the votes (647 votes.) Lorrance “Lorri” Perez came in with 45% of the votes for the district with 550 votes in total.

Voters in Selma also decided on representation for Healthcare Districts 2 and 4.

Lorane Avalos was voted in with 1,222 votes, making up about 75% of the total votes for District 2. Joel Fedor had 396 votes, making up about 25% of the votes.

In Healthcare District 4, Daniel Seriman was voted in with 685; he obtained 50.67%. Coming in with 49.33% of the votes for this seat was Armando Guerra and 667 votes in total.

The local ballots also help proposals for Measure E and L.

Measure E was a proposal to add a fifth district that would’ve been put into effect for 2022 elections, however that measure was voted against. 59% of local voters were against this act.

Measure L concerned local gambling establishments being permitted in the city. This measure was also voted against, with 63% of voters saying no to the passing of this measure.

The local elections and positions will go into effect in 2021.