Diamond Bar elects leaders

During the month of October, the numerous campaign signs covering the peaceful suburbs of Diamond Bar was a clear indication that the elections were coming soon.

Three former city council members were up for re-election, Ron Everett, Ling-Ling Chang, and Steve Tye, facing challengers Joseph Kim, Nancy Lyons, and Martin Nakaishi.

Voters went to the polls on Nov. 5, resulting in council members Chang and Tye winning their re-election and Lyons becoming the newest addition to the city council.

According to the preliminary election data from the Los Angeles, Tye received the highest amount of votes with 24 percent. Chang finished with 22 percent and Lyons won 21 percent of the votes.

After winning the election, Lyons spoke about the goals she had when she was campaigning to be a member of the city council. They were to focus on filling vacant stores and bringing more restaurants to the city.

“I really love Diamond Bar. I have been here for over 30 years and I am really looking forward to serving the citizens,” Lyons said in an interview with Diamond Bar Patch. She currently serves on the

Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees.

For councilman Tye, he looks forward to serving his third term. “I am excited about the team we put together,” he commented.

Candidates for the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board were current board president Helen Hall, Board clerk Cindy Ruiz, Diamond Bar’s Planning Commission Chair Tony Torng, and Cal Poly Pomona professor Sean Monemi. The top three candidates with the most votes were admitted to the board. After the elections, Hall received 28.08 percent of the votes, Ruiz earned 24.54, and Torng won the third seat with 24.43 percent.

Although the votes were announced, the election results won’t be completely official for another couple of weeks. The Registrar-Recorder is expected to certify the results on Nov. 25, and the Board of Supervisors results will be official the following day.