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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 20:23

Election Results Roll In, Incumbents On Top

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Election Results Roll In, Incumbents On Top Kailey Fiscaro/TurlockCityNews.com
Just minutes after the 8 p.m. close of polls, initial results have become available for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election.

This first wave of results includes only vote-by-mail ballots received prior to today. Updates will follow throughout the night as more ballots are counted.

The final results posted tonight will still not include between 5,000 and 10,000 vote-by-mail ballots, dropped off by voters at polling places. Those will be counted and added to the tally before final results are certified within 28 days.

Though a number of statewide primaries were on the ballot, most local attention was turned toward a trio of heated Stanislaus County races. None of the three are currently close, with incumbents leading each race by a roughly 2:1 margin.
  • Appointed Incumbent Assessor Don Gaekle is leading Turlock City Councilwoman Amy Bublak, a Modesto Police Officer.
  • Incumbent District Attorney Birgit Fladager is leading Frank Carson, a Modesto-based attorney and businessman.
  • Incumbent Stanislaus County Sheriff-Coroner Adam Christianson is leading Tom Letras, a deputy sheriff from Ceres.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R) and Michael Eggman (D), a Turlock farmer, look to move on to the November election for the California 10th District seat, beating Mike Barkley (D), a Manteca lawyer and CPA. Two propositions both look to pass: Proposition 41, the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014, which will sell $600 million in bonds to fund affordable housing for low-income and homeless veterans, and Proposition 42, which will require local governments to comply with public access laws, but would cut tens of millions of dollars in state funding to comply with those laws.

A number of other elections were, effectively, determined prior to today’s vote, due to lack of opposition.

In primaries, Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) will move to the November ballot, where she will face Harinder Grewal (D-Keyes), a Stanislaus County agricultural inspector who also serves on the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees. And State Sen. Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte) will face businesswoman Paulina Miranda (D-Fresno) in a race for a new, massive State Senate District which will include Turlock.

In local races, Tom Chagnon ran unopposed and retain his seat as the County Superintendent of Schools. Treasurer-Tax Collector Gordon B. Ford also ran unopposed, as did Stanislaus County Clerk-Recorder Lee Lundrigan and Stanislaus County Auditor-Controller Lauren Klein. Nine Stanislaus County Superior Court judges will also retain their judgeships for lack of opposition.

Stanislaus County Assessor
Amy Bublak 7,910 votes 35.07 percent
Don Gaekle 14,574 votes 64.62 percent

Stanislaus County District Attorney
Birgit Fladager 16,428 votes 71.33 percent
Frank Carson 6,531 votes 28.36 percent

Stanislaus County Sheriff-Coroner
Adam Christianson 15,487 votes 65.97 percent
Tom Letras 7,938 votes 33.81 percent

U.S. Rep., California 10th District Primary
Jeff Denham (R) 13,245 votes 55.7 percent
Michael Eggman (D) 6,363 votes 26.8 percent
Mike Barkley (D) 4,176 votes 17.6 percent

State Assembly, 12th District Primary
Kristin Olsen (R) 10,622 votes 62.6 percent
Harinder Grewal (D) 6,333 votes 37.4 percent

State Senate, 8th District Primary
Tom Berryhill (R) 9,168 votes 63.5 percent
Paulina Miranda (D) 5,275 votes 36.5 percent

Proposition 41, Veterans Housing and Homeless Bond Act of 2014
Yes 552,594 votes 67.1 percent
No 271,331 votes 32.9 percent

Proposition 42, Public Records, Open Meetings, Reimbursements
Yes 487,381 votes 61.7 percent
No 303,098 votes 38.3 percent

Results are current as of 8:13 p.m.

8:45 p.m. Update: The second wave of election results have been released, and incumbents continue their firm grasp on all local elections.

Greater than half of precincts are now reporting, 55.74 percent of the total.

More than 25,000 votes have been counted, roughly one-third of the 75,000 votes cast in the average Gubernatorial Primary Election. But poll workers noted that Election Day was slower than usual, so Stanislaus County could be on track to cast just 50,000 ballots.That’s less than one-quarter of the more than half of the 211,000-plus registered voters in the county.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) was one of those to cast his vote today, at the Monte Vista Chapel polling place in Turlock. TurlockCityNews.com reporters are currently on-scene at the Denham and Micheal Eggman (D-Turlock) Election Night parties, and will update this article with their comments as the night goes on.

Stanislaus County Assessor
Amy Bublak 8,200 votes 35.18 percent
Don Gaekle 15,036 votes 64.52 percent

Stanislaus County District Attorney
Birgit Fladager 16,964 votes 71.26 percent
Frank Carson 6,768 votes 28.43 percent

Stanislaus County Sheriff-Coroner
Adam Christianson 15,994 votes 65.92 percent
Tom Letras 8,218 votes 33.87 percent

U.S. Rep., California 10th District Primary
Jeff Denham (R) 13,718 votes 55.8 percent
Michael Eggman (D) 6,561 votes 26.7 percent
Mike Barkley (D) 4,306 votes 17.5 percent

State Assembly, 12th District Primary
Kristin Olsen (R) 10,771 votes 62.7 percent
Harinder Grewal (D) 6,419 votes 37.3 percent

State Senate, 8th District Primary
Tom Berryhill (R) 36,805 votes 64.0 percent
Paulina Miranda (D) 20,676 votes 36.0 percent

Proposition 41, Veterans Housing and Homeless Bond Act of 2014
Yes 909,716 votes 66.6 percent
No 457,069 votes 33.4 percent

Proposition 42, Public Records, Open Meetings, Reimbursements
Yes 804,977 votes 61.1 percent
No 512,050 votes 38.9 percent

Results are current as of 8:50 p.m.

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