Local incumbents win big in midterm election

Sheriff Ian Parkinson, D.A. Dan Dow re-elected

Updated 6/7/18 9:00 a.m.

CALIFORNIA — Californians headed to the polls Tuesday to vote in the state mid-term election and the incumbents were the big winners at the local level with District Attorney Dan Dow and Sheriff Ian Parkinson both winning re-election. Dow won with 33,390 county votes (64.70 percent) and Parkinson with 32,531 votes (61.52 percent).

“I am very pleased that the voters supported me in my reelection efforts,” Sheriff Ian Parkinson said in an e-mail to the Atascadero News (Paso Robles Press). “I have been and will continue to be focused on continued improvement. We have a lot of issues facing California and are challenged by recent laws. I will continue to do everything possible to address the new challenges and answer to the people.”

For State Assembly (35th District) Republican Jordan Cunningham from Templeton received the winning 40,782 votes (56.1 percent). Second in the top two was Democrat Bill Ostrander with 31,871 and 43.9 percent of the votes.

Assemblyman Cunningham released the following statement on election night: “Today, residents of the Central Coast overwhelmingly supported my re-election. Since my first day in office, I have fought for public safety, education, small business, and infrastructure on the Central Coast. I am proud of what I have accomplished so far and am excited to continue working for my constituents.  I look forward to earning their support in the election in November.”

James Joseph Brescia, the current County Superintendent of Schools, will keep his position with 99.39 percent of the vote. Brescia ran unopposed. State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates on the November ballot will be winning candidate Marshall Tuck, with 1,288,347 votes (37.1 percent) and Tony K. Thurmond with 1,193,050 votes (34.3 percent).

County Measure B-18 passed with 40,883 votes, which was nearly 77 percent of the vote. The ordinance adopts imposing a cannabis business tax of up to 10 percent on gross receipts of cannabis businesses operating in unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County.

As of 5 a.m. this morning, June 6, San Luis Obispo County had 100 percent of its total precincts reporting. Out of 166,592 registered voters, 56,260 ballots were cast, which means 33 percent of SLO County registered voters turned out for the primaries, when the top two statewide candidates who receive the most votes qualify for the general election in November. State voter turnout was 22 percent, or 4,187,031 of the 19,023,417 voters coming from 21,487 precincts.

Democrat Gavin Newsom and Republican John Cox have been chosen as gubernatorial candidates for the November ballot with 33.4 percent and 26.2 percent of the votes, respectively. Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa will not advance, as he won 13.4 percent of the votes, as well as Republican Travis Allen, who was the next in line at 9.7 percent.

For U.S. Senate, Democrat Dianne Feinstein overwhelmingly won with 43.8 percent of the votes, with the next top candidate, Kevin De Leon (DEM) barely winning the second spot for the November ballot at 11.3 percent. Republican James Bradley did not make the cut for the Senate race, coming in third at 8.8 percent.

The counties with the best turnout were Del Norte County (65 percent/9,284 ballots cast) and Glenn County (57 percent/7,051 ballots cast), but the largest counties made the most impact on the primary election with Los Angeles (18 percent/952,633 ballots cast), San Diego (24 percent/406,501 ballots cast) and San Bernardino (19 percent/174,168 ballots cast) largely deciding the race. The lowest voter turnout this election were in the counties of Sacramento (16 percent) and Imperial County (16 percent).

Here are the results as of 9 a.m. June 7: (100 percent (21,487 of 21,487) of California’s precincts have reported their results)

Statewide Contests:

Governor: Winning candidate: Gavin Newsom (DEM) votes 1,358,125/33.4%; second in top two: John H. Cox (REP) votes 1,067,180/26.2%

Lieutenant Governor: Winning candidate: Eleni Kounalakis (DEM) votes 900,584/23.4%; second in top two: Ed Hernandez (DEM) votes 796,568/20.7%

Secretary of State: Winning candidate: Alex Padilla (DEM) votes 1,996,650/51.5%; second in top two: Mark P. Meuser (REP) votes 1,242,546/32.0%

Controller: Winning candidate: Betty T. Yee (DEM) votes 2,320,517/60.9%; second in top two: Konstantinos Roditis (REP) votes 1,334,970/35.0%

Treasurer: Winning candidate: Fiona Ma (DEM) votes 1,651,994/43.2%; second in top two: Greg Conlon (REP) votes 841,080/22.0%

Attorney General: Winning candidate: Xavier Becerra (DEM)(Incumbent) votes 1,754,541/45.3%; second in top two: Steven C. Bailey (REP) votes 980,492/25.3%

Insurance Commissioner: Winning candidate: Steve Poizner (NPP) votes 1,521,704/41.3%; second in top two: Richard Lara (DEM) votes 1,495,345/40.6%

Superintendent of Public Instruction: Winning candidate: Marshall Tuck votes 1,314,337/37.1%; second in top two: Tony K. Thurmond votes 1,213,762/34.3%

U.S. Senate: Winning candidate: Dianne Feinstein (DEM) votes 1,714,036/43.8%; second in top two: Kevin De Leon (DEM) votes 440,993/11.3%

State Ballot Measures:

68 Natural Resources Bond: Yes votes 2,179,210/56.0%; No votes 1,680,048/44.0 %

69 Transportation Revenue: Restrictions and Limits: Yes Votes 3,134,568/80.4%; No Votes 764,814/19.6%

70 Greenhouse Gas Reduction: Reserve Fund: Yes votes 1,363,862/36.4%; No votes 2,384,946/63.6 %

71 Ballot Measures: Effective Date: Yes votes 2,901,984/76.8%; No votes 876,436/23.2%

72 Property Tax: New Construction: Rain-Capture: Yes votes 3,196,128/83.3%; No votes 641,359/16.7%

District Contests:

Board of Equalization, 2nd District: Winning candidate: Malia Cohen (DEM) votes 377,928/36.2%; second in top two Mark Burns (REP) 297,987/28.6%

U.S. House of Representatives, 24th District: Winning candidate: Salud Carbajal (DEM) votes 58,730/52.6%; second in top two Justin Fareed (REP) votes 41,254/36.9%

State Assembly 35th District: Winning candidate: Jordan Cunningham (REP) votes 40,782/56.1%; second in top two Bill Ostrander (DEM) 31,871/43.9%

Nonpartisan Offices - Judicial:

Precincts Reported: 144 of 144 (100.00%) Registered Voters: 56,260 of 166,592 (33.77%) Ballots Cast: 56,260

Judge of the Superior Court Office #2: Winning candidate: Hernaldo Baltodano votes 31,462/65.13%; second Andy Cadena votes 16,799/34.78%

Judge of the Superior Court Office #4: Winning candidate: Tim Covello votes 32,838/64.45%; second Ilan Funke-Bilu votes 18,077/35.48%


Precincts Reported: 144 of 144 (100.00%)

County Superintendent of Schools: Winning candidate: James Joseph Brescia, County Superintendent of Schools, 39,081/99.39% (ran unopposed)


Precincts Reported: 144 of 144 (100.00%)

Assessor: Winning candidate: Tom J. Bordonaro Jr. votes 32,084/62.07%; second David Boyer votes 19,581/37.88%

Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector-Public Administrator: Winning candidate: James W. Hamilton, Assistant Auditor-Controller, votes 41,838/99.68% (ran unopposed)

County Clerk-Recorder: Winning candidate: Tommy Gong, County Clerk-Recorder, votes 44,076/99.76% (ran unopposed)

District Attorney: Winning candidate: Dan Dow votes 33,390/64.70%; second Judge Mike Cummins votes 18,176/35.22%

Sheriff-Coroner: Winning candidate: Ian S. Parkinson votes 32,531/61.52%; second Gregory Morris Clayton votes 20,309/38.41%

County Measure:

Measure B-18: Shall an ordinance be adopted imposing a Cannabis Business Tax of up to 10% on gross receipts of cannabis businesses operating in unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County, estimated to initially raise between 1.4 to 5 million dollars annually, depending on amount of gross receipts, with funds staying local for unrestricted general revenue purposes, including but not limited to public safety, health, environmental protection and addressing industry impacts, unless repealed or amended by voters?

Yes votes 40,883/76.81% No votes 12,342/23.19%

Marie Roth, President of the SLO County Cannabis Business Association (SLOCCBA) said her organization will now have an number to estimate tax revenue from the different license types doing business in SLO County. “This will help us better assess the economic stimulus potential of the SLO County cannabis industry,” Roth said.  

You may reach Reporter Beth Giuffre at [email protected] for questions and/or feedback.


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