Gene James Tops All Candidates in San Clemente in Final Tally of Mail-In Only Ballots

Gene James has won a seat onto the San Clemente City Council, receiving 54.9% of the vote or 8,235 votes, to finish out the term of former Mayor Steven Swartz, who died in May. James, who will have to seek re-election in November 2020, defeated the next closest candidate – Jackson Hinkle, who garnered just over 30 percent of the vote- by over 3,500 votes, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters.