Voter turn-out was as low as ever on June 3’s election day in California. However, the results are still as important as ever. As of 11:15 p.m. on Tuesday night, more than 80 percent of the votes are in, and the results below are almost certain to stick.
Here’s a quick rundown:
1st District Supervisor: SALUD CARBAJAL WINS
For the first time in decades, the race for the 1st District Supervisor seat was over before it started, because simply no one wanted to battle Salud Carbajal, whose likeability is rivaled only by his massive campaign war-chest. The bigger question that Santa Barbara voters may one day decide is, “Where does Salud go from here?”
Salud Carbajal (ran unopposed): 97.26 % of votes
3rd District Supervisor: FARR VS. PAPPAS IN NOVEMBER
Billed by this paper as possibly the most important race in county history for the district that spans from Isla Vista to the Santa Ynez Valley, neither one of the top three candidates convinced enough voters to cross the 50 percent mark and derail a November run-off. With more than 96 % of the votes counted, Doreen Farr seems to have landed her spot for November, and Steve Pappas-about 500 votes ahead of David Smyser with almost all votes counted - will most likely be running against her in that fall run-off.
Doreen Farr: 35.98 % of the vote
Steve Pappas: 25.08 % of the vote
David Smyser: 20.73 % of the vote
Dr. David Bearman: 10.02 % of the vote
Victoria Pointer: 7.94 % of the vote
4th District Supervisor: JONI GRAY WINS
The 4th District just loves Joni Gray, and they showed as much with this vote. John Sterling, a Lompoc native and former police chief of Santa Maria, did not muster enough progressive support to tip the scales. But this probably won’t be the last we hear from Sterling either. These numbers are with just over 61 % of the votes counted.
Joni Gray: 58.79 % of the vote
John Sterling: 40.98 % of the vote
Judge: JOHN MACKINNON LEADING
Though considered young for a judge, MacKinnon got the support of the law enforcement professionals who count, and he’s out in front at this early stage - by double - with a commanding lead. No surprise there, but what is surprising is that Lynn Cutler, who dropped out of the race awhile ago, is actually ahead of Kevin Ready, at least based on absentee ballots. This count is with 81.3 % of the votes counted.
John MacKinnon: 38.97 % of the vote
Jed Beebe: 21.12 % of the vote
Lynn Cutler: 20.7 % of the vote
Kevin Ready: 18.6 % of the vote
Measure V: PASSING
The bond measure to fund Santa Barbara City College was supported by seemingly everyone in town, from conservative anti-tax groups to liberal politicians. SBCC’s relevance in Santa Barbara’s community was applauded with this vote, although about close to one-third of voters so far were against it. These numbers are with 100 % of the votes counted.
Yes: 69.92 % of the vote
No: 30.08 % of the vote
Prop 98: REJECTED
At least Santa Barbara County voters weren’t duped by the developers who tried using the dreaded eminent domain as a bogeyman to protect the interest of landlords statewide against rent control and other future affordability schemes. It also seems that the rest of California also voted against this prop. The following numbers are with 81.3 % of county votes counted.
Yes: 38.88 % of the vote countywide; 41.8 % statewide
No: 62.12 % of the vote countywide; 58.2 % statewide
Prop 99: PASSING
The counter-attack against Prop 98 that allows rent control to exist seems likely to pass, and Santa Barbara County voters approved it resoundingly. The following numbers are with 81.3 % of county votes counted.
Yes: 70.92 % of the vote countywide; 64.6 % statewide
No: 29.08 % of the vote countywide; 35.4 % statewide
In addition to these votes, there were no surprises in the primary party races for state and federal posts. Democrats stood behind Congresswoman Lois Capps, state Assemblymember Pedro Nava, and former state Assemblymember Hannah-Beth Jackson, who is running for the state Senate. Democrats also came out behind Marta Ann Jorgensen, a nurse and environmental advocate from Solvang who is running against incumbent Elton Gallegly for the 24th Congressional District.
Gallegly, for his part, got the support of the Republican constituents in his district. Republicans also supported Carpinteria’s Greg Gandrud in his bid to defeat Pedro Nava; Finland-born San Luis Obispo country resident Matt Kokkonen, who is trying to take out Lois Capps; and Tony Strickland, who is running against Hannah-Beth Jackson.