Incumbent Claremont City Council members Larry Schroeder and Corey Calaycay won re-election early Wednesday morning, besting a slate of six other candidates. Schroeder won 32.18 percent of the vote and Calaycay won 28.53 percent.
Prior to the election, both candidates pledged to improve the city’s relationship with the Claremont Colleges.
“We need to… recognize that we have our respective interests and we need to also recognize that there may be times when we have differences of opinion, but we need to work hard to try to find common ground to work together for the good of our community,” Calaycay said in a Feb. 23 forum at Pitzer College.
Schroeder called for the return of regular meetings between city and college leaders.
“We had a lunch every quarter with the college presidents and the CEO of the Claremont Consortium, our city manager, the mayor, and a council member, and that’s fallen off the charts. What we need to do is reinstate that and… discuss the issues,” Schroeder said during the forum.
Claremont McKenna College professor Zachary Courser came in third with approximately 17.63 percent of the vote. Real estate broker Anthony Grynchal came in fourth with 7.93 percent of the vote, followed by real estate broker Abraham Prattella, investment advisor Murray G. Monroe, window cleaner Michael Keenan, and businessman Korey Johnson.
Elsewhere in Los Angeles County, Mayor Eric Garcetti is all but assured re-election, currently holding a 73 percent lead with 83 percent of precincts reporting.
Voters are likewise on the cusp of approving Measure M, allowing Los Angeles to regulate the marijuana industry, and denying Measure S, a two-year development moratorium.
Measure H, which would impose a quarter-cent sales tax to generate revenue for homelessness services, is straining to reach the two-thirds threshold required to pass. The “Yes” vote stands at 66.5 percent — 0.17 percent away from a win — with 93.5 percent of precincts reporting.