LANCASTER — Mayor R. Rex Parris appeared was headed for a fifth term, with a wide margin over four challengers and Councilmen Ken Mann and Darrell Dorris led a field of five challengers, according to semi-final election results posted Tuesday night by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office.
Early unofficial results also showed Measure B, which would authorize the City Council to increase the City’s transient occupancy tax by 2% up to 9%, was losing slightly. The measure requires a simple majority to pass.
Parris led a field of four challengers with 6,482 votes or 69.28%.
David Paul, a five-time mayoral candidate, placed second with 1,230 votes or 13.15%. Educator Aubray McPherson was next in line with 613 votes, or 6.55%. Retired civil service worker Leslie Underwood received 605 votes or 6.47%. which was good enough for fourth place. Realtor Kurtis Wilson received 426 votes or 4.55%.
Mann led the field of seven candidates for two seats on the City Council with 4,923 votes or 30.15%. Councilman Dorris, who was appointed in December to complete the unexpired term of former Councilwoman Angela Underwood-Jacobs, received 4,496 votes or 27.54%.
Community college professor Christian Green received 2,798 votes or 17.14%, which put him in third place.
Grocery store manager Jeremiah Westbrook received 1,966 votes or 12.04%, for fourth pace.
Former Senior of the Year Fran Sereseres received 1,215 votes or 7.44%
Tutor Shawntwayne Cannon received 497 votes or 3.04%, which placed him in sixth place.
Kamera “Kam” Kofod, a retired real estate agent, received 431 votes or 2.64%.
Measure B had 4,699 votes or 50.66%.
Updated unofficial results will be published in Thursday’s Antelope Valley Press.
After Election Day, there are still many outstanding ballots left to be counted. All vote-by-mail ballots received on, or postmarked by, Election Day will be processed in the Official Election Canvass.