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Political Watch 11/8/18

• Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) won her bid for re-election on Nov. 6 according to preliminary results with 54 percent of the votes in California. Her challenger, progressive state Sen. Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), won 45 percent of the vote. "Now I go to the Senate with 25 years under my belt with a great constituency to represent," Feinstein said during her election night victory speech. "This state–the fifth largest economic power on Earth, over 40 million people, bigger than 21 states and the District of Columbia put together–needs strong representation." The results in Santa Barbara County closely mirrored those statewide, according to the county, with 42,674 votes (54 percent) for Feinstein and 34,929 votes (45 percent) for de Leon.

• Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) beat out Republican challenger John Cox by nearly 20 points, or 1.3 million votes, to serve as California's next governor after Gov. Jerry Brown finishes his last term in the office. According to semi-official election night results from Santa Barbara County, Newsom won 57 percent, or 51,549 votes across the count, whereas Cox won 42 percent, or 37,704 votes.

• State Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) was re-elected handily by voters in the 37th State Assembly District, which includes South Santa Barbara and West Ventura counties, on election night Nov. 6. Across the Santa Barbara County portion of the district, Limón won 83 percent of the vote (40,289) against Democratic Party challenger David Norrdin, who won 16 percent of the county vote. At an election night party in Santa Barbara, Limón thanked supporters and her family for supporting her in another term in state office. "It's personally very exciting that I get to go back to Sacramento to represent you," she said.

• The city of Guadalupe saw current City Councilmember Ariston Julian win the city's uncontested mayoral race on Nov. 6 with 94 percent of the vote, or 574 votes. The Guadalupe City Council saw two new members-elect, Liliana Cardenas with 42 percent and Eugena Costa with 20 percent of the vote.

• The city of Buellton re-elected Mayor Holly Sierra and incumbents Ed Andrisek and Dave King to the City Council on Nov. 6. Appointed Councilmember Art Mercado was elected to a two-year term and newcomer John Sanchez also won a two-year term to the council. 

• The Allan Hancock College Board of Trustees saw incumbent Larry Lahr re-elected to a seventh term on the community college's governing board on Nov. 6 with 59 percent of the vote, or 2,266 votes against challenger Jesse Ramirez, who lost with 40 percent of the vote.

• Seats on local school boards were decided on Nov. 6 as well. The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District saw incumbents Carol Karamitsos (31 percent), Diana Perez (26 percent), and Dominick Palera (24 percent) re-elected to the board. The Santa Maria-Bonita School District saw incumbents Ricky Lara and Vedamarie Alvarez-Flores both re-elected with 33 percent and 28 percent, respectively. The Cuyama Joint Unified School District saw Heather Lomax (42 percent) and Whitney Goller (41 percent) elected to the board. The Lompoc Unified School District saw Bill Heath (50 percent) take a two-year term and Nancy Schuler-Jones (34 percent) and Steve Straight (30 percent) each win a four-year term on the board. 

• Local ballot measures were decided on Nov. 6, including Measures G2018 and H2018, two measures to create an independent redistricting commission for Santa Barbara County supervisorial districts. Measure G2018 passed with 52 percent of the vote to create an 11-member commission. Measure H2018, which would have created a five-member commission, was voted down with a 67 percent "no" vote. Lompoc voters also voted yes on the Measure D2018, a measure to tax the city's recreational cannabis industry, with a 75 percent "yes" vote.

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