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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

City of San BernardinoCandidate for Mayor

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John Valdivia

San Bernardino City Councilman
6,747 votes (35.75%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Safety: An unsafe community cannot be successful. As Mayor, I will fully support our police department; improve officer recruitment; and put more of our personnel on patrol throughout the community. We must also work to reduce Homelessness.
  • Prosperity: I’m committed to implementing a Job Creation Plan that will make San Bernardino an All-America city once again. We need a Mayor who’s focused on creating jobs, helping our businesses grow and raising incomes for our families.
  • Opportunity: The most effective social program is a good paying job! We must create meaningful economic partnerships with our local Universities, Colleges and Hospitals to provide better career pathways for our people.



Profession:Councilman City of San Bernardino
President and CEO, AADVANTAGE COMMUNICATIONS LLC (2017–current)
Councilman, City of San Bernardino — Elected position (2012–2018)
Chairman, Community Development Block Grant, City of San Bernardino — Appointed position (2016–2018)
Pharmaceutical Industry (Healthcare, Bio-Pharmaceuticals, Pharmaceuticals), Amgen & Various in Previous Years (1999–2017)
Pharmaceutical Industry (Healthcare, Bio-Pharmaceuticals, Pharmaceuticals), Amgen & Various in Previous Years (1999–2017)
Mayor Pro Tem, City of San Bernardino — Elected position (2016–2017)
Chairman -- Community Development Block Grant, City of San Bernardino — Appointed position (2012–2014)
Chairman, Public Safety Committee, City of San Bernardino — Appointed position (2012–2013)

Community Activities

Board Member, Little League (2015–current)
League Treasuer, Little League Association (2016–2017)
Former Board Member--Youth Drug Prevention and Counseling, CASA De San Bernardino (2009–2013)


OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT STATEMENT: "Now is the time to forge a new direction and blaze a new trail. The people of San Bernardino deserve results, not more excuses,” said John Valdivia.

“I want to serve as Mayor to forge a new path for success for the great community where I was born and raised,” continued Valdivia. “As a Councilman, I fought hard to attract new jobs and improve city services in the 3rd Ward. As Mayor, I will bring this same proven leadership to fight for all the residents of San Bernardino.”

“There is no question that our senior citizens, our working families, our business community and those that have fallen on hard times need better city services. “We need a new Mayor who is able to unite our community and engage residents."

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Stephen Matich, President/CEO Matich Corporation
  • Dorence C. Dominguez, Chairman of the Vanir Group of Companies

Elected Officials (7)

  • Council Member Jesse Armendariz, City of Fontana
  • Council Member Issac Suchil, City of Colton
  • Council Member Andy Carrizales, City of Rialto
  • Council Member Benito Barrios, City of San Bernardino
  • Council Member Bessine Littlefield Richard, City of San Bernardino
  • Mayor Pro Tem Henry Nickel, City of San Bernardino
  • Bob Duttion, San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk & Former State Senator

Individuals (2)

  • Lynette Kaplan, 5th Ward Resident
  • John Hillman, NENA Neighborhood Leader & 7th Ward Resident

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

“Councilman Valdivia will bring strong business savvy to the office of Mayor,” said Bob Dutton, the San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder-Clerk. “I’m proud to endorse his candidacy to lead San Bernardino.”

“John has the passion, energy and dedication to make a difference for our city,” said Westside City Councilwoman Bessine Littlefield Richard. “He will empower communities that have been ignored for too long at City Hall.”

“Councilman Valdivia is an independent leader who focuses on getting the job done,” stated Central San Bernardino Councilman Benito Barrios. “That’s exactly the kind of public servant we need in the Mayor’s Office.”

“John has the ability to attract regional investors and employers that will help to build a stronger economic foundation for our City,” stated North San Bernardino Councilman Henry Nickel.

“I am truly honored and humbled to receive the support of so many respected and diverse community leaders,” said Valdivia. “It demonstrates the community’s hunger for new leadership.

Videos (5)

Video includes testimonials of community members that have experienced--first hand--Councilman John Valdivia's work  & results in the community.

— May 21, 2018 Valdivia For Mayor 2018 FPPC #1397089

John Valdivia plants news trees on National Arbor Day in San Bernardino CA. Joined with his wife and 2 children, along with community members, Valdivia higlights the need to give back to San Bernardino and make it a great place to live, play and work.


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— May 14, 2018 Valdivia For Mayor Campaign

Brief video on business opportunities here in San Bernardino . . .Elect John Valdivia For Mayor in June 2018. Ballots arrive soon in your mailbox. Visit

Tired of the same old excuses coming from current leadership at SB City Hall? Elect John Valdivia as Mayor in June 2018 and listen to his commitment to turn SB around with his passionate and visionary stance on police and safety.

Learn WHY John Valdivia is running for mayor and his priorties as he assumes the leadership role at City Hall. Vote John Valdivia on June 5 2018 . . . mark and return your ballot today!!

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