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Riverside City Council candidate Erin Edwards is congratulated by a supporter as they celebrate Edwards' lead after the first round of results for the Ward 1 City Council race at a supporter's home in Riverside on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (File photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Four newcomers are preparing to join the Riverside City Council as results from the Tuesday, Nov. 5, election continue to come in.

Countywide, about 2,000 vote-by-mail ballots and 1,000 provisional ballots still need to be added to the total, along with an unknown number of ballots that were postmarked on or before Election Day and are received no later than Friday, according to Riverside County Registrar of Voters Rebecca Spencer. The next results will be posted at 5 p.m. Friday, Spencer wrote.

The registrar has posted 23,449 votes countywide, with the number of Riverside votes ranging from 2,491 in Ward 7 to 4,777 in Ward 1.

In Ward 1 -- which includes the downtown, Northside and Wood Streets neighborhoods -- Erin Edwards has 59.7% before Friday's update.

Erin Edwards is leading the race to represent Ward 1 on the Riverside City Council, according to Tuesday, Nov. 5, election results. (Photo courtesy of Erin Edwards)

Ronaldo Fierro is leading the race to represent Ward 3 on the Riverside City Council, according to Tuesday, Nov. 5, election results. (Photo courtesy of Ronaldo Fierro)


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Gaby Plascencia is leading the race to represent Ward 5 on the Riverside City Council, according to Tuesday, Nov. 5, election results. (Photo courtesy of Gaby Plascencia)

Steve Hemenway is leading the race to represent Ward 7 on the Riverside City Council, according to Tuesday, Nov. 5, election results. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hemenway)

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"So many people worked so hard, so I'm very proud to have received their support," Edwards said Wednesday, Nov. 6.

She said her first order of business would be to continue meeting with residents, City Hall staff and city leaders to learn as much as she can before next month's swearing-in.

Councilman Mike Gardner congratulated Edwards and offered whatever help she might want.

That contrasts with the empty office and blank start Gardner said he had when he was first elected. He reflected on losing a seat he's held for 12 years.

"It's a little bit of a roller-coaster day, but I always liked roller coasters," Gardner said.

Gardner said he didn't regret his decision to not "do a traditional campaign," which confused some voters who at first thought he wasn't running at all. Gardner, who finished second in the June election, clarified later in the runoff race that he still wanted to be councilman, but he wouldn't raise money, go door to door or send mailers.

"It was kind of a matter of principle, and when I did it I knew that it could potentially affect the outcome of the election," Gardner said Wednesday.

The principle at stake is that Gardner said political parties shouldn't be involved in local council races. He didn't say how refusing to participate in traditional campaign activities sent that message. Edwards said she was proud of the support she received from Democratic lawmakers, who she said would be good partners to help the city solve its issues.

Ward 3 was closer, according to the results released so far, with Ronaldo Fierro claiming 52.7% of the vote and a lead of 277 votes.

Fierro, who couldn't be reached Wednesday, started and runs The Salted Pig and W. Wolfskill in downtown Riverside. He has said his top priority would be economic development.

He and Warren Avery, who oversees the sale of ergonomic furniture for Versa, are competing to represent the central part of the city, including the Airport, Magnolia Center and Victoria neighborhoods.

Ward 5 is still tighter.

Gaby Plascencia had 2,029 votes -- 51.3% -- which is 118 votes ahead of Sean Mill.

Plascencia said she's spoken with the outgoing councilman for the ward, Chris Mac Arthur, who is preparing to help her transition into the role. But Mill has not conceded, she said.

Mill couldn't be reached Wednesday.

"It's not my win, it's our win," Plascencia said. "It's the community's win, making sure we have someone there like me to give opportunity to others. I'm looking forward to being that person for our community."

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Ward 5 covers much of the southern part of the city, including the Arlington, Arlington Heights and Ramona neighborhoods.

In Ward 7, Steve Hemenway had 1,368 votes -- 54.9% -- and William D. Pearce was 257 votes behind in a ward that typically has lower turnout than other areas of the city.

"I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work," Hemenway said.

He said he hoped turnout would be higher in the future, when Riverside elections move to even-numbered years that match up with races for Congress.

"It's always best to get as many folks to participate in elections as possible," he said. "I always look for ways we can get more folks participating in the process."

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Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers (Thomas Szasz)
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What is Statism?
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Wikipedia: Statolatry
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Worship of the U. S. Government (2011)
Bureaucratic Thrust
Tyranny of Experts
The Threat of Authority (2012)
The Media As Enablers of Government Lies
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Thinking Critically about Experts and Authority
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