MONTCLAIR - Despite a contentious battle, incumbents John Dutrey and Carolyn Raft appear to have won their re-election bid.

Dutrey and Raft were up against newcomers businessman Sean Brunske and Richard Beltran, former assistant finance director for the city.

This campaign had also seen heavy involvement from the public safety agencies who have been at odds with City Hall over pension costs and labor contracts.

As of 6 a.m., 90 percent of the vote counted by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters showed Dutrey and Raft remained on top; garnering 36 percent and 31 percent of the votes respectively.

The next updates are expected to be reported by the Registrar at 8 a.m.

Voters weigh in on presidential race

Despite a contentious city council race, voters earlier today at one polling location said they were more concerned about the presidential election.

Voters in Montclair will decide whether to re-elect incumbents John Dutrey and Carolyn Raft or vote in newcomers businessman Sean Brunske and Richard Beltran, former assistant finance director for the city as well as write-in candidate Philip Ruiz.

On Tuesday afternoon, Robert Noble was among the the steady stream of residents that stopped by Bethany Baptist Church to cast his vote. For him, the race between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney was on his mind.

Noble, 30, said he is disappointed with how divided it has become.


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"The last election, it was easy going. Now, it seems like 'you're either with us or you're against against us'," Noble said. "I think there has been a lot of contention around the whole election because a lot of things are on the line."

Nancy Roe echoed his sentiments.

"For years, it's become more black and white. Right and left." she said.

And because the candidates have such opposing views, Roe says "it's a very pivotal point in our history."

For Erica Thomas, the narrow gap between the two candidates is a bit unsettling.

For the past two elections Thomas said she has voted Democratic and that didn't change Tuesday afternoon. The 29-year-old said she respects the views of others but is surprised to see how divided the country has become this election year.

Thomas, who has a son in early education, said funding to education was one of her main concerns this election.

"It's really important to go out and vote, it's a right we have," she said. "It's a bit nerve-racking. You don't want to make a mistake because you want your vote to count."

In the southern part of town, voters at the AMF Bowlium explained their vote. Monica Flores said she wanted to give Romney a chance but was not impressed by him during the presidential campaign. Flores says she is voting for Obama because he deserves another four years.

"What killed it for me was when he said, 'if women must be the the workplace'," said Flores who had the day off from work.

Also casting a vote for Obama was Maria Gudino.

"We need to have hope in his goals. There's no way he could have met those them considering the situation he was dealt with from the previous president," she said.