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Harpole, Hernandez take early lead in Barstow City Council election

Unofficial results show that Rich Harpole and Carmen Hernandez continued their lead in the race to win Barstow City Council seats, with 23.8 and 22.5 percent of votes after 100 percent of precincts were recorded Wednesday. Incumbent Timothy Saenz followed with 19.5 percent of votes and was unsuccessful in his re-election bid, according to preliminary results from the San Bernardino County Registrar.

BARSTOW • Rich Harpole and Carmen Hernandez led the pack of six candidates in the Barstow City Council election, according to preliminary results released Tuesday night.

Harpole and Hernandez were ahead with 24 and 23 percent of the vote, respectively, according to mail-in ballot results reported at 10 p.m. by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters.

Harpole was celebrating after initial results were released at a small house gathering with family and friends, Mayor Pro Tem Julie Hackbarth-MciIntyre, City Treasurer Mike Lewis and Barstow Unified School District member Julie Clemmer.

“I’m encouraged by what I’m seeing but I still think it’s too early to say one way,” Harpole said Tuesday. “I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received from everybody and hopefully tomorrow we’ll see some final numbers.”

Harpole is a Barstow retired police lieutenant and worked as a police officer in the city for 23 years.

Hernandez, who couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday, has served as a Barstow city planning commissioner since 2005.

Incumbent Timothy Saenz was trailing with 18 percent of votes, ahead of Martin Ashbrook, Ghassan “Gus” Nassar and Robert “Bob” Haroldsson, with 14 percent of precincts reported.

These results represent the final numbers available as of press time Tuesday night. Check for updated results Wednesday.

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