LOS ANGELES — Voters in bankrupt San Bernardino, Calif. elected a new mayor, Carey Davis, who ran on a platform critical of decisions made by town leaders that he says landed the city of 213,000 in bankruptcy.
San Bernardino filed for bankruptcy in July 2012.
Davis got 6,211 votes, giving him a 56% margin to beat former councilwoman Wendy McCammack's 44%, according to election officials.
McCammack was recalled from her council seat in November's election, but garnered the most votes in the mayor's race in that election setting her up for the face-off with Davis in Tuesday's runoff.
Incumbent Mayor Pat Morris decided not to run for a second term.
November's election also brought the recall of City Attorney Jim Penman, a major figure in the city's bankruptcy case. Penman, who had held the position for 26 years, was replaced by real estate attorney Gary Saenz, who won the set outright in November.
Voters also recalled Councilman John Valdivia in the November election.
The city and creditors have been in mediation before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Gregg Zive since Nov. 24. The city filed a confidential term sheet on Oct. 15 that laid the groundwork for the discussions.
The parties are due back before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Meredith Jury, the primary judge in the case, on March 13 for a status hearing on the bankruptcy.