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Incumbents, local tax measures fare well across county

To no one’s surprise in the mid-term elections held Tuesday, California voters voted left and more liberal than the rest of the country — and voters in Sonoma County were even more left than that.

County voters joined winning majorities in all but one of the 11 statewide propositions. Voters here supported Prop 3 (water project bonds) while it was defeated statewide. Elsewhere local voters rejected repealing a gas tax (Prop. 6), refused to support new rent controls (Prop. 10), voted yes for a $4 billion housing bond (Prop.1) and agreed with statewide voters to change daylight savings time.

Local voters also slightly disagreed with statewide results in the U.S. senate race won by incumbent Dianne Feinstein. Her majority win was much slimmer here against challenger Kevin de Leon (57 percent to 43 percent.)

Closer to home, almost all local tax and bond measures were supported by the voters, with the big exception being the defeat of a Santa Rosa city housing bond.

Incumbents on local city councils, school board and fire districts fared well in almost all of the competitive races, with the usual slim margins dividing the lowest-placed winner from the next candidate. All election results remain unofficial until a final canvas is completed by the Registrar of Voters in early December.

California remained the bluest (Democratic) of all 50 states in the nation, filling all major statewide offices with Democrats, including a new governor, Gavin Newsom.

In the state’s 53 U.S. Congress races, Democrats won 42 seats, to just 11 for Republicans. Local Democratic congressmen Jared Huffman and Mike Thompson each won by landslide margins, as expected.

Here are the local results:

Sebastopol City Council
  Top three winVOTES%
Sarah Glade Gurney 1,78429.5%
Una Glass1,59426.3%
Patrick Slayter1,54225.5%
Vaughn Higganbotham1,11418.4%
 
 Completed precincts: 3 of 3
Palm Drive Health Care District Board
  Top two winVOTES%
Dennis Colthurst5,70036.2%
Richard Power5,13732.6%
Dan Smith4,86630.9%
 
 Completed precincts: 62 of 62
CITY OF SEBASTOPOL - MEASURE Q
 YESNO
 Measure Q1,735 - 68.5%796 - 31.5%
 
  Completed precincts: 3 of 3
CITY OF SEBASTOPOL - MEASURE R
 YESNO
 Measure R1,794 - 71%733 - 29%
 
 Completed precincts: 3 of 3
Forestville School Board
  Top three winVOTES%
Don Rhea64514
Christopher Uebel80117.4
Steve Pearson64314
Linda Strauss1,38730.2
Max Broome1,11324.2
 
 Completed precincts: 21 of 21
Oak Grove School District
  Top three winVOTES%
Joe Horak86529.2
Torrey Olson73724.9
Gregory Holder71824.2
Fernando Pacheco64221.7
 
 Completed precincts: 6 of 6
OAK GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT  - MEASURE K
 YESNO
 Measure K936 - 58.2%673 - 41.8%
 
 Completed precincts: 6 of 6
MONTE RIO SCHOOL DISTRICT  - MEASURE J
 YESNO
 Measure J451 - 68.3%209 - 31.7%
 
 Precincts completed: 4 of 4
MONTE RIO FIRE DISTRICT  - MEASURE U - FIRE PARCEL TAX
 YESNO
 Measure U460 - 66.7%230 - 33.3%
 
  Precincts completed: 8 of 8
Graton Fire Protection District Full Term
 Top two winVOTES%
Bob Maddocks  1,366 43.2
Mario Cesaretti 1,348 42.8
Justin Felger    436 13.8
 
 Completed precincts: 14 of 14
Graton Fire Protection District  Short Term
  Top two winVOTES%
Torrey B. Farmer 1,328 49.8
Jason J. Nunes 809 30.3
Dave Gould 526 19.7
 
 Completed precincts: 14 of 14

We'll also update, as appropriate, county and state issues that could impact west county. Stay tuned.

Measure M - Sonoma County
 VOTES%
Yes88,48870%
No37,93030%
 
 

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