STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — In a letter sent Tuesday, incumbent Mayor Michael Tubbs conceded the Stockton mayoral race to his opponent, Kevin Lincoln.
“I congratulate Kevin Lincoln and wish him the best as our new mayor. He will need all of our support as we still have issues of poverty, education, health, and especially COVID-19 that must be addressed,” Mayor Tubbs wrote in a letter outlining his and the city’s successes.
The latest numbers from the San Joaquin County Registrar of Voters Office shows Lincoln leading Tubbs by more than 11,500 votes.
“Regardless of what the outcome is, when the dust settles and all the votes are in, I have no regrets and I’ve fallen even more deeper in love with this city,” Lincoln told FOX40 back in early November.
After news of Tubbs’ concession reached Lincoln, the Stockton mayor-elect sent FOX40 an acceptance speech that read in part:
I want to extend my appreciation to Mayor Tubbs for his eight years of service to our community. I look forward to collaborating with him on a smooth transition and hope he will continue to enrich our city with his ingenuity and passion for Stockton. I also look forward to working with my future fellow councilmembers who work tirelessly to address their constituents’ needs.Kevin Lincoln
Tubbs became mayor in 2017 after defeating Republican incumbent Anthony Silva. The 30-year-old Stockton-native is the youngest and first Black mayor of the city.
He has garnered national attention after launching one of the country’s first guaranteed income programs. Last year, the privately-funded program began giving $500 each month for 18 months to 125 Stockton families whose monthly median income was less than half the national median.
Tubbs was also the focus of the HBO documentary “Stockton on My Mind.”
“Today, I am proud to say that in Stockton, whether you want to give back through service to your community, expand your education or build a career, it can all be done here within our city. Again, I am honored to have served as your mayor and I will continue to support the work needed to move our city forward,” Tubbs wrote in his letter.
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