Two new faces on City Council
The unofficial final results are in, and it looks like two new faces are going to be sworn onto the Corning City Council on Dec. 4.
Incumbent John Leach lost his bid for re-election by eight votes against challenger Willette “Willie” Smith, 63, who earned 793 votes.
Retired police Chief Tony Cardenas, 61, ran away with the race with 1,009 votes.
“I’m thankful for the way it turned out and I look forward to serving the community,” Cardenas said.
He said he looks forward to serving with Smith and the rest of the council, Darlene Dickison, Dave Linnet and Mayor Gary Strack, who ran unopposed for another two-year term.
“I’m glad it is over. I’m excited to get started,” Smith said. “First thing I plan to do start studying all the things I need to learn and attend a three-day seminar in Sacramento specifically for first-time city government officials.”
After learning of the news on Monday morning, Smith said she started to cry.
“They were tears of relief and happiness,” she said.
Smith plans on continuing her volunteer work as director of Corning Christian Assistance as she serves on the City Council.
Leach, 70, was seeking a second full term on the council.
“Well, that’s politics,” Leach said. “I congratulate Willie (Smith) for her win. The people of Corning voted who they wanted on the council and that’s that.”
Leach said he won’t be seeking a recount of votes.
“It’s too expense and I don’t have the money to pay for it. I accept what has been given me.
I trust in the Lord for whatever direction he wants me to go,” he said.
The councilman believes the new City Council will have a lot of issues to deal with over the next four years.
“I hope they will continue to make the right decisions and move in the right directions,” Leach said. “I’m really glad this was a clean election. I would have liked to have served another four years. The people have spoken.”
Cardenas said he believes the first issue the new council will take on concerns the city budget and meeting the city’s obligations, while moving forward in a positive direction.
Cardenas, who has lived in Tehama County since 1972 and in Corning since 1981, has an associate’s degree from Shasta College and is a graduate of the Sacramento Law Enforcement Academy.
He began his career in law enforcement in 1982 as a part-time reserve deputy for the Tehama County Sheriff's Department and became a full-time deputy in 1984.
In 1990, Cardenas was hired as a police sergeant by the Corning Police Department, and in 1993 was appointed chief of police, a position he held until his retirement on Feb. 29.
Prior to law enforcement, Cardenas was a psychiatric technician in the U.S. Army for two years. Between the military and police career, he worked for two years as a housing specialist, managed a construction company for six years building single- and multi-family residences, and for three years he was an insurance agent.
Cardenas is a member of the Corning Rotary Club, Hometown Revitalization, Park Improvement Committee, Friends of the Theatre, Corning Community Foundation, Tehama County First 5 Commission, Corning Chamber of Commerce, and Harvest Christian Center.
Smith earned her GED and then went to nursing school earning her LVN license. Smith worked at the Los Angeles County Hospital for seven years then moved to Alaska, where she worked in a home for at-risk youth for nine years.
After retirement, Smith continued to live in Alaska for 21 years.
She moved to Corning with her husband, Jim, and opened a restaurant which she operated for two years.
In 2004, Smith became the manager of Corning Christian Assistance food bank where she continues to serve writing grants, ordering food and making sure clients with special needs are referred to the right organizations for help.
She served on the Chamber of Commerce board for 12 years.
UNOFFICIAL FINAL ELECTION RESULTS
Tehama County Elections Department
Unofficial final Nov. 6 results
Election Day Turnout 8,032 25.77%
Votes By Mail Turnout 15,229 48.85%
Total 23,261 74.62%
DEM - BARACK OBAMA 7,934 34.43%
REP - MITT ROMNEY 14,235 61.78%
GRN - JILL STEIN 125 0.54%
AI - THOMAS HOEFLING 190 0.82%
LIB - GARY JOHNSON 244 1.06%
PF - ROSEANNE BARR 186 0.81%
Write-In 129 0.56%
DEM - DIANNE FEINSTEIN 8,349 36.96%
REP - ELIZABETH EMKEN 14,241 63.04%
DEM - JIM REED 8,646 38.41%
REP - DOUG LA MALFA 13,866 61.59%
State Senator District 4
REP - JIM NIELSEN 12,818 57.54%
DEM - MICKEY HARRINGTON 4,905 22.02%
NON - BENJAMIN EMERY 543 2.44%
NON - DAN LEVINE 999 4.48%
REP - DAN LOGUE 1,803 8.09%
NON - JANN REED 1,184 5.32%
Write-In 23 0.10%
State Assembly District 3
REP - DAN LOGUE 12,847 58.80%
DEM - CHARLES ROUSE 9,001 41.20%
NON - CONNIE CARTER 13 14.77%
NON - JEFF AGUIAR 16 18.18%
NON - BEN W. KRAEMER 28 31.82%
NON - LARRY A. DONNELLEY 15 17.05%
NON - VANGIE PORRAS 16 18.18%
RED BLUFF JOINT UNION HIGH
NON - ROGER COX 3,908 16.35%
NON - LIDA SHARON CHASE 5,703 23.86%
NON - JACK D. HANSEN 5,500 23.01%
NON - ROD MOORE 4,554 19.05%
NON - RHONDA JOHNSON 4,203 17.58%
Write-In 36 0.15%
NON - LIZETT S. ARRIAGA 2,012 39.95%
NON - MARTIN H. (MARTY) MATHISEN 2,256 44.80%
NON - JESUS A. ROSAS 756 15.01%
Write-In 12 0.24%
NON - BRADLEY CONSTANT 1,998 37.10%
NON - TAYNA R. KING 1,182 21.95%
NON - JAMES TOMASINI 2,181 40.49%
Write-In 25 0.46%
CAPAY JOINT UNION
NON - NANCY OSBORNE 96 29.45%
NON - LORINDA STRIEBY 97 29.75%
NON - JENNIFER S.N. BOONE 131 40.18%
Write-In 2 0.61%
RED BLUFF UNION
NON - MICHELLE L. KINNER 4,457 44.92%
NON - CAREY KOEBERER 2,767 27.89%
NON - STEVE PIFFERO 2,683 27.04%
Write-In 15 0.15%
NON - GARY R. STRACK 1,384 94.73%
Write-In 77 5.27%
NON - TONY CARDENAS 1,009 38.93%
NON - “WILLIE” WILLETTE SMITH 793 30.59%
NON - JOHN H. LEACH 785 30.29%
Write-In 5 0.19%
CORNING CITY CLERK
NON - LISA M. LINNET 1,507 98.56%
Write-In 22 1.44%
NON - PALA CANTRELL 1,465 98.12%
Write-In 28 1.88%
RED BLUFF CITY COUNCIL
NON - ROBERT SHEPPARD JR. 1,967 34.70%
NON - LISHA GOINGS 1,569 27.68%
NON - CLAY D. PARKER 2,121 37.41%
Write-In 12 0.21%
RED BLUFF CITY CLERK
NON - JO ANNA LOPEZ 2,984 98.00%
Write-In 61 2.00%
RED BLUFF TREASURER
NON - D. J. GORDY 2,882 97.53%
Write-In 73 2.47%
YES 8,548 37.73%
NO 14,106 62.27%
YES 9,402 43.44%
NO 12,241 56.56%
YES 12,012 53.66%
NO 10,372 46.34%
YES 10,561 47.71%
NO 11,577 52.29%
YES 6,027 26.98%
NO 16,310 73.02%
YES 17,822 79.76%
NO 4,522 20.24%
YES 12,913 57.81%
NO 9,424 42.19%
YES 7,773 34.53%
NO 14,738 65.47%
YES 4,769 21.36%
NO 17,562 78.64%
YES 9,551 43.21%
NO 12,553 56.79%
YES 14,821 69.02%
NO 6,651 30.98%
Measure A Red Bluff Hotel Tax
YES 1,510 39.62%
NO 2,301 60.38%