Rita Lamb and Nancy Ross Appear Poised for Victories in Cathedral City

CATHEDRAL CITY — With the wind at her back, incumbent City Councilor Rita Lamb appears to have cruised to an easy victory on Election Day in District 1 with 1,042 votes nearly doubling that of her challenger, Alan Carvalho, who garnered 577.

Lamb has held the lead all week. Some votes remain outstanding and the results have not been certified.

The results are as of Saturday evening with seven of seven Cathedral City precincts reporting,

Lamb, Ross Lead in Cathedral City Races

City Councilor Rita Lamb

Lamb entered the race with a year of experience on the dais and the endorsement of the entire City Council.  Lamb won a hard-fought special election last year to fill the vacancy created when former Mayor Gregory S. Pettis died.

In making his endorsement, Mayor John Aguilar told Uken Report, “In these unsettling times, there is a strong need for continued stable leadership that includes a calm and healing perspective. Councilwoman Rita Lamb offers just that.”

Lamb told Uken Report Wednesday morning, “”I absolutely love being a Councilwoman, all the homework, everything. There is no community I’d rather serve, This is a wonderful community and such a supportive community.”

Despite an attack ad from her opponent, Lamb took the high road refusing to engage.

Lamb said she attributes her victory to successful collaboration with her colleagues and residents.

Ross continues to lead her opponent JR Corrales with 960 votes to 462, according to the Riverside Registrar’s office.

Lamb, Ross Lead in Cathedral City Races

Nancy Ross

“As the first results came in, I realized that I, most likely, would be the first City Councilmember for District 2 in Cathedral City,” Ross told Uken Report. What an honor!”

“Together, with scores of supporters and volunteers we ran a full-tilt campaign. Together we reached out to each voter in our district in many ways and in two languages.

“The widespread endorsements I received were inspirational. With this kind of support from the community I am more excited than ever to begin collaboration with the other council members, after all, we are a single body who must work together to get things done.

“My opponent, JR Corrales and I have already agreed to work together, regardless of the outcome of this election, to make sure our district can benefit from our shared passion and desire to help.””

“Thank you to all who have given me their support,” Ross said.

With election of Ross to the City Council, the makeup of the City Council is three men and two women.

Approximately 272,000 Vote-by-Mail and 25,000 Provisional ballots still must be processed. Ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day also remain to be counted. The next updated results will be posted at 6:00pm on Monday, Nov. 9.

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