President Trump has not conceded to President-elect Joe Biden, but, Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs conceded his bid for re-election to Republican Kevin Lincoln.Tubbs, 30, was the first Black mayor of the city of Stockton and was the youngest mayor, at age 26, in Stockton’s history and of any large U.S. city.
Lincoln, 39, is Black and Latinx, and the pastor of LifeSong Church.
Tubbs is the fourth consecutive single-term mayor of Stockton.
“I am humbled by the voters electing me as the next mayor of Stockton. I’m thankful for this opportunity” said 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. Growing up in Stockton, my friends and I always believed that to be successful, you had to leave our city limits. 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 her within our city” said Tubbs.
Tubbs was the subject of a HBO documentary, “Stockton on my Mind”.
Lincoln stated that Mayor Tubbs was not responsive to Stockton resident’s concerns about homelessness and public safety.
Tubbs trails 56% to 44% of the vote.
Transition meetings are scheduled for December 1.
Full statements from Tubbs and Lincoln:
Tubbs issued the following statement on the results of the race:
“It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve as Mayor of my hometown. I am incredibly proud of the work we accomplished together as a community. We have worked to make Stockton take its place as the 13th largest city in California, the world’s 5th largest economy.
Under education, we increased the number of students applying for federal student aid. Through our Stockton Scholars program, we continue to offer over $20 million in scholarships for students throughout Stockton.
We also made inroads on homelessness by doubling the size of our winter shelter, providing trailers for our homeless veterans, and purchasing a motel as part of Project Homekey, which addresses 20% of our overall housing goal. We also worked to build more affordable housing by acquiring surplus state land to build over 100 units in the heart of our downtown. And in tonight’s council meeting we will be reviewing the disbursement of $6.4 million in additional state funds to address homelessness.
Today, through programs like our recently launched $12 million Stockton Service Corps, people have the opportunity to give back by serving students in some of our most challenged schools. We also received millions in state funds to improve neighborhoods damaged by decades of pollution. We worked, with the support of the governor, to reimagine higher educational opportunities through our efforts to build a California State University campus within our city limits. And during my time in office we saw the growth of over 2,000 jobs, which included positions in green technology and digital storage to support our neighbors in nearby Silicon Valley.
Growing up in Stockton, my friends and I always believed that to be successful, you had to leave our city limits. 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. I am also proud to walk away knowing our fiscal health is better off than when I started with a $13 million budget surplus. 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.
Stockton, we have more growth ahead and more work to do. However, to truly reach our potential it will take our entire community coming together to achieve our goals. One person can’t do it alone, and it will take more than just tweets or Facebook posts to build a better tomorrow. To truly reinvent Stockton, we all must look out for each other, in America’s most diverse city.”
I want to thank everyone who worked night and day to support my campaign for Mayor. I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and will never forget the sacrifice so many made to get us here. I also want to thank those that took the time to share with me your vision for a better Stockton. This has been a long journey, and now it’s time to get to work, putting those great ideas into action.
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.
Our campaign was based on unifying Stockton, ensuring everyone has a seat at the table, no one is left out. My administration will focus on Stockton residents’ priorities, not mine. I am optimistic about Stockton’s future and know the mettle of our residents is unmatched. Our city is exceptional, and I am proud to have the opportunity to be your Mayor.
May God bless Stockton and continue to help us live up to our tremendous potential.