The City of Fontana has established a brand new district election system for choosing City Council members, and as is the case whenever changes are made, some confusion among voters is understandable.
For the first time ever, City Council members will be elected from geographically defined districts and not city-wide. Districts 1 and 4 will hold elections on Nov. 6, while Districts 2 and 3 will not hold elections until November of 2020.
At the same time, the seat of mayor, city clerk, and city treasurer will still be voted upon city-wide.
For specific information, voters can consult their official Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot which has been mailed to their households by the San Bernardino County Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters.
----- DISTRICT 1 has boundaries that are generally in the northwestern area of the city, and these four candidates are vying for the seat:
• Shannon O'Brien, a nonprofit executive
• Phillip Cothran Jr., a Fontana business owner
• Jocelyn Aguirre, a student
• Lourdes (Ms. Lulu) I. Goni, a music director/teacher
Some voters have been confused about the identity of Cothran Jr., who is running for a city office for the first time. He is the son of Phil Cothran, who is a former member of the Fontana Planning Commission and is currently the president of the Fontana Chamber of Commerce.
----- DISTRICT 4 has boundaries that are in the southern area of Fontana, and these three candidates are vying for the seat:
• John B. Roberts, the incumbent Fontana City Council member
• Glenda A. Barillas, a business development director
• Patricia A. Gonzalez, a businesswoman/nurse/educator
In all of the city's previous elections, voters city-wide could cast ballots for City Council candidates. The City of Fontana adopted the new district system with an ordinance in September of 2017 as a way of responding to a threatened lawsuit.
Here are the candidates for the other offices that will be chosen by all Fontana voters this November:
• Acquanetta Warren, the incumbent mayor
• Hafsa Sharafat, a student
• Mylinda Carrillo, an inventory control lead
• Lorena Corona, a governmental relations manager
• Jesus "Jesse" Sandoval, a Fontana City Council member
• Carlos Sandoval, a small businessman/realtor
----- CITY CLERK
• Tonia (Toni) Lewis, the incumbent Fontana city clerk
• Germaine McClellan Key, a retired division chief
----- CITY TREASURER
Lydia Salazar-Wibert, a Fontana Unified School District liaison
Janet Koehler-Brooks, the incumbent Fontana city treasurer
For more information about the election, visit www.SBCountyElections.com or call (909) 387-8300.