Election 2020: Steve Young leads Christina Strawbridge in Benicia mayor race

The Benicia mayor race is leaning toward Steve Young, who has 52.6 percent of the vote, with 6,991 votes counted for him on Tuesday evening.

Christina Strawbridge is second with 30.7 percent of the vote (4,086), and Jason Diavatis is third with 16.5 percent (2,197).

Valero Refinery pumped nearly $250,000 into the race to support Strawbridge in the hopes that she would favor the business, despite her record of not voting in favor of the oil company.

Also in Benicia, Measure D was leading with 56.6 percent of the vote.

By voting “yes” on Measure D, voters open up as a a “non-biding, advisory question” for future discussion whether Benicia could or should have more than the one approved dispensary that’s expected to open by the end of this year.

A “no” vote opposes the opinion that new dispensaries should be permitted. Two of Benicia’s mayoral candidates — Strawbridge and Young — have disagreed on this issue with Strawbridge against the measure while Young has been for it.

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