Update: Some Local Races Decided And Others Likely Heading To Runoff
Voting center at the Tuolumne County Elections Office in Sonora
Update at 11:10pm: The initial ballots have been tabulated in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties on election night, but thousands more still need to be counted over the coming days. Final counting has concluded for the night, but In Tuolumne County there are 1,022 that were left in the county’s four drop boxes that still need to be tabulated and 1,076 remaining from the vote centers. Adding the ballots that can still arrive in the mail (postmarked today), Tuolumne Clerk and Auditor-Controller Debi Bautista estimates there could be 4,000-5,000 still needing to be counted in the coming days. Click here for the latest results.
Update at 6:55pm: Tune in for twice hourly election results on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML, Star 92.7 and 93.5 KKBN after the polls close at 8pm. The results will also be updated on the myMotherLode.com Election Page as soon as they come into the news center. Make sure to refresh Election Page throughout the evening. Read below for the information about the various races.
Original story posted at 8:55am: Sonora, CA — Today is election day, and residents are voting in local races for supervisor, Sonora City Council, judicial seats and a Congressional race. In addition, there is the Presidential primary and local tax measures.
Tune in for twice hourly local election updates on AM 1450 and FM 102.7 KVML, Star 92.7 and 93.5 KKBN after the vote centers close this evening at 8pm. The results will also be posted on the myMotherLode.com Election Page.
In the Tuolumne and Calaveras county supervisor races, if a candidate receives over 50-percent of the vote, they will win the seat outright. However, if a candidate fails to receive 50-percent, the top two vote-getters will move on to the General Election in November. In the Tuolumne County District One race, the candidates are incumbent Sherri Brennan and challengers Jim Garaventa and David Goldemberg, in District Four the candidates are David Badgley, Kathleen Haff and Dameion Renault, and in District Five the candidates are Jaron Brandon, incumbent Karl Rodefer and Mike Suess. In Calaveras County, the candidates for District One are Sharon Romano and incumbent Gary Tofanelli, in District Two incumbent Jack Garamendi and Ree Garza and in District Four Amanda Folendorf and incumbent Dennis Mills.
For Sonora City Council, the top three vote-getters today will win the seats. The four candidates are incumbents Matt Hawkins, Mark Plummer and Connie Williams and challenger Ann Segerstrom.
There is one competitive judicial seat in Tuolumne County, between Laura Krieg and David Beyersdorf. The top vote-getter today will win the seat.
In the race for Congressional District Four, incumbent Tom McClintock has five challengers, Robert Lawton, Brynne Kennedy, Julianne Benzel, Jamie Byers and Jacob Thomas. The top two candidates, regardless of party, will move onto the General Election.
In Tuolumne County, voters are deciding the fate of a pair of tax measures. One would increase the transient occupancy tax from 10-percent to 12-percent and the other would increase sales tax from 7.25-percent to 8.25-percent. Both require a simple majority vote to pass.
To view an interview with Tuolumne County Clerk and Auditor-Controller Debi Bautista on how voting is going so far on Super Tuesday click the video in the image box. For information about voting centers in Tuolumne County, click here. For information about Calaveras County, click here.