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Political Watch 6/7/18

• Just before midnight on June 5, Santa Barbara County posted its semi-official primrary election results with 100 percent of precincts reporting on how county voters decided on statewide and county primary races, offices, and ballot measures. According to the results, there were 57,628 votes cast among the county’s 206,110 registered voters. The following county figures reflect the semi-official results issued the evening of June 5.

• Santa Barbara County voters closely mirrored statewide statistics for the race to replace California Gov. Jerry Brown. Of the more than 56,000 votes cast for the governor’s race in the county, 33 percent chose Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) followed by 26 percent who voted for Republican businessman John Cox, where the statewide results compiled by The New York Times were 33 percent and 26 percent for Newsom and Cox, respectively. Hopeful Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa and Republican Travis Allen both received 11 percent of the vote in Santa Barbara County, with Villaraigosa earning 12 percent of the statewide vote and Allen seeing 10 percent of California’s votes. County voters supported lieutenant governor candidate and Democrat Eleni Kounalakis with more than 13,000 votes, or nearly 25 percent, compared to 23 percent statewide.

• U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) received 45 percent of Santa Barbara County’s votes on June 5 for her re-election bid, compared to 43 percent of the statewide vote, according to results compiled by The New York Times. Feinstein’s Democratic challenger, state Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), received only 8 percent of county votes, compared to nearly 11 percent statewide. Republican candidate James Bradley won 12 percent of votes in the county, with 9 percent of California’s votes.

• State Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham (R-San Luis Obispo) received 62 percent of the vote in the parts of Santa Barbara County that make up the 35th Assembly District, with hopeful Democratic challenger Bill Ostrander earning 37 percent. Across the entire 35th District—which includes SLO County and Santa Maria, Guadalupe, and Lompoc—Cunningham received 56 percent of the vote compared to Ostrander’s 43 percent. The two candidates will continue to November, with Ostrander challenging Cunningham’s incumbency.

• State Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) dominated the top-two primary for California’s 37th Assembly District, which includes Santa Ynez Valley, the rest of South County, and much of Ventura County. Of more than 28,000 Santa Barbara County residents who voted in the district’s primary, 85 percent voted for Limón. Democratic challengers David Norrdin and Sofia Collin won 6 and 5 percent of the vote, respectively. Across the entire district, however, Limón earned 83 percent of the vote, whereas Norrdin won 10 percent and Collin won 6 percent. Norrdin will continue to November to challenge Limón for her Assembly seat.

• A number of elected county positions were decided on June 5, including several uncontested races. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will see Steve Lavagnino continue as 5th District supervisor after he received close to 5,000 votes with 98 percent of the vote. Uncontested candidate Gregg Hart will replace Janet Wolf as 2nd District supervisor after receiving 98 percent of the vote, with more than 11,000 votes. Joseph E. Holland will continue as the county’s clerk-recorder-assessor after winning 87 percent of the county’s votes to challenger Baz Ofiaeli’s 12 percent. District Attorney Joyce Dudley won 98 percent of the vote in her uncontested race to remain DA. Harry Hagen will continue on as the county’s treasurer-tax-collector-public administrator with 99 percent of the vote.

• A majority of Lompoc voters supported Measure Q, a bond measure for improvements and upgrades to the Lompoc Unified School District’s schools, but not enough to pass the $79 million bond. Achieving a simple majority by less than 50 votes, 3,266 Lompoc residents in the school district voted for the bond, whereas 3,228 voted against it. The bond measure required at least 55 percent of the vote to pass.

Weekly Poll
How should the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District improve its A-G completion rates?

Align graduation requirements with university entrance requirements.
Ensure that students and parents are well aware of A-Gs and what they are before high school.
Improve support services and summer school classes for students who fall behind.
Completion rates are fine as is. Not everyone wants to go to a four-year college!

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