June 3 Election Results for Santa Barbara County

Measure V Passes; 3rd District Run-Off in November; Joni Gray Keeps Seat; and More

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


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


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

Partisan Primaries

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.

See a breakdown of the results for yourself at here. And check back with Independent.com tomorrow morning for more reaction and analysis on these results, plus photos of winners and losers.


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