Vernon City Council to Be Dominated by Women

April 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in Vernon history, women will soon be the majority on the City Council.

On Tuesday, voters elected Yvette Woodruff-Perez to succeed Councilman Richard Maisano who did not seek reelection.

Woodruff-Perez defeated Dennis Roberts 21 to 13, according to the unofficial election results. Thirty-five of the city’s 66 registered voters returned their vote-by-mail ballots, according to the city clerk’s office. One of the ballots was returned blank and has not yet been canvassed, said city officials.

The highly industrial city is home to 1,800 businesses, which include rendering plants and manufacturers. Since being founded in 1905, the city of Vernon has only had three female councilmembers: Woodruff-Perez becomes the fourth.

She will join Melissa Ybarra, elected during a recent special election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of her father Michael A. Ybarra, and Luz Martinez who ran unopposed in her last election bid.

Voters also approved two measures on the ballot. Measure O will amend the city charter to clarify that during an election with multiple seats up for grabs, seats with unexpired terms will only be filled after the winners of all the full-term seats are decided. Those seats will go to the candidate with the next subsequent highest number of votes.

Measure P will allow the city council to fix the duties, tenure and compensation of officers by any means it deems appropriate.

Woodruff-Perez will be sworn-in during Vernon’s next city council meeting on Tuesday, April 21.

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