LOMPOC, Calif. – Incumbent candidate Jenelle Osborne appears to be the top vote-getter over challenger Jim Mosby in the race for Lompoc mayor.
Numbers slightly move, but still in favor of Jenelle Osborne with 54 percent in her favor, while Mosby gained some votes now holding 46 percent as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
As of 10:00 p.m. Tuesday night, Osborne had a strong 57% lead over Mosby, who trailed with 43% of the votes.
The midterm elections served as a rematch between Osborne and Mosby.
The candidates told News Channel weeks ago that public safety was their priority.
Mosby served as city councilman for six years. Osborne, who held the mayor's post for six years, sought re-election.
Mosby said his time on the city council and his background as a local businessman qualified him for the job.
Osborne said she was qualified because she understands Lompoc's value and potential.
Lompoc leaders and the community are dealing with issues similar to other cities throughout California including homelessness, crime and, concerns over the cannabis industry in town.
Both candidates explained how they would combat those topics.
“That's a priority out there. the urban campers and everything go along with the, quote, homelessness stuff is a priority,” said Mosby. “It's something I've been advocating and working on for for many years now and helping people to succeed.”
“It saddens me that the governor has put a hold on some of the funding that was supposed to come through to help us address that,” said Osborne. “But not that being said, we'll continue to work on improving that situation for those experiencing it and for those that it's impacting.”
The two candidates said they would do their best to help all business owners; both believe supporting local businesses is essential.
The winner of Tuesday's midterm elections will remain Lompoc's mayor for the next two years.
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