The air in the ballroom Tuesday night was filled with cautious anticipation as the county electoral website was streaming live on one of two big screens at one side of the room, while network news outlets were streaming the national play by play on the other.
The public was invited to join local Lake Elsinore City Council incumbent candidates Natasha Johnson, Steve Manos and Robert Magee, as well as Wildomar City Council candidate, Dustin Nigg to a neighborhood watch party hosted by Pins ‘n Pockets in Lake Elsinore.
When the first results came in and it was announced to the crowd on hand that all three Lake Elsinore incumbents had retained their seats on City Council, a resounding cheer came across the room. Nigg was also announced a winner in his bid for a seat on the Wildomar City Council, along with Mayor Bridgette Moore, who was also re-elected for another term on the Wildomar council.
Other early announced big winners of the night were Lake Elsinore Treasurer, Allen Baldwin, as well as the LEUSD School Board Measure V.
The newly re-elected Lake Elsinore City Council candidates each acknowledged their many constituents who came out to celebrate their win. Manos took the microphone to express his appreciation for the many who supported the city council.
“This city council is committed to continuing our work and to get great things done for Lake Elsinore,” Manos said. “If you like what we were able to do for you these past four years, wait until you see what we’re going to be able to do for you this next term.”
The broader results of the presidential race were still teetering in the direction of the Republican Party candidate, Donald Trump as the local community watch party was winding down. The national election was eventually called in Trump’s favor just after 2:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9.