MENDOCINO Co. 12/1/16 — County election officials have finished their counting and the final election results are in! Here’s the complete list of results.
The mental health law, Measure AG, has lost with 66.22% of the vote, it needed a full two-third super-majority, or 66.66% to pass. It came up 161 votes shy.
The board of supervisor’s cannabis tax initiative, Measure AI, has won, with 63.04%. Its supporting advisory measure, Measure AJ, won as well.
In Ukiah Measure Y which will raises sales tax to fund road repair won, along with the advisory Measure Z.
In both Fort Bragg and Point Arena the temporary occupancy tax measures, Measure AA and Measure AC, passed, raising the tax paid on overnight stays in those cities from 10% to 12%. Both cities also passed the advisory measured associated with the taxes, which direct revenues to promotion of the cities, and maintenance of trails and other items.
The Point Arena cannabis tax measure, Measure AE, also passed.
In the Fort Bragg race, Will Lee (35.77%) and Bernie Norvell (33.66%) have won.
The winners of the Willits City Council race, in order of votes are, Willits Chief of Police Gerry Gonzalez (27.41%), Saprina Rodriguez (18.99%), and Councilwoman Madge Strong (18.35%). In a stern repudiation of his policies sitting mayor Bruce Burton lost, coming in last place in the five way race, and trailing behind the next candidate, Bill Barksdale, by 85 votes, or 2%. Barksdale lost to third place winner, Strong, by only four votes. Gonzalez, in turn, won a resounding victory, leading the next candidate by fully 344 votes, or about 8.5%.
In Point Arena’s elections Scott Ignacio (29.78%), Richard Wasserman (23.33%), and Jonathan Torrez (21.78%) were elected to full term seats.
Barbara Burkey (45.37%), and Anna Dobbins (30.35%) were elected to short term seats.
Ukiah’s elections were all effectively uncontested, R. Allen Carter won the position of treasurer and Douglas Crane (54.85%), and Stephen Scalmanini (42.53%) won the city council race.
STATE AND NATIONAL
In the presidential election Mendocino had a significantly different result than the country: Hillary Clinton won 58.23% and Donald Trump won 28.72%. Perhaps more interestingly third party candidates won 12.65% of Mendonesian votes, with 5.56% going to Jill Stein of the Green Party, write-in candidates getting 3.58%, and Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson garnering 3.51%.
In statewide races Proposition 64, which legalized recreation marijuana, passed in Mendocino with 54.27% of the vote. This is a slightly narrower margin than in the state as a whole where it won with 57.1% of the votes.
Incumbent Democrat Jared Huffman won the 2nd Congressional District and carried Mendocino with 72.68% of the vote. Incumbent Democrat Jim Wood won the assembly seat with and carried 73.64% of Mendocino.