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Local Primary Election Results: Who Wins Today, Who Moves On To November

Brandt Bates
Preliminary results from the primary election are in.

In Tuesday’s primary election, some races were settled. In other races, the field was narrowed.

All results are preliminary. As ballots continue to be counted, here’s where you can follow local election results:

Monterey County Elections

Santa Cruz County Elections 

State and Federal Elections 

Here are some outcomes based on the preliminary numbers.

Local Candidate Races:

In the race for U.S. Representative District 20, which covers the Monterey Bay Area, preliminary election results show incumbent democrat Jimmy Panetta moving forward. Panetta received 74% of the vote. He’s set to face Ron Kabat, a CPA from Carmel with no party preference.

In the race for State Assembly District 29, which also covers the Monterey Bay Area, democrat Mark Stone wins the seat with 62% of the vote. He challenged Republican Vicki Nohrden.

For Monterey County Sheriff, incumbent Sheriff Steve Bernal keeps his job with 59% of the vote. Preliminary results show challenger Scott Davis with about 33% of the vote.

For Santa Cruz County Sheriff, Sheriff Jim Hart ran uncontested.

In the Monterey County District 2 Supervisor race, John Phillips retains his seat with about 56% of the vote. In District 3, Chris Lopez will replace outgoing supervisor Simon Salinas who did not run. Lopez got 57% of the vote beating out two challengers.

In the Santa Cruz County District 3 Supervisor race, Ryan Coonerty retains his seat with 78% of the vote. In District 4, preliminary results show Greg Caput moving on to a race in November.  It’s currently too close to call who he will face. Jimmy Dutra (currently with 26% of the vote) and Felipe Hernandez (22%) are close in the preliminary results.

Local Measures:

Voters approved Measure I. That’s the $213-million, 30-year-bond for repairs and upgrades in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. The measure received approximately 65 percent of the vote.

In the Soledad Unified School District, Measure G, a $25 million bond measure for repairs is too close to call. The measure needs 55% of the vote.  Preliminary results show it with 54.37%

A narrow victory for Measure H. It squeaked by with a 66.57% of the vote needing two-thirds to pass. The measure will impose an annual tax on commercial cannabis businesses. The tax will support the Monterey County Regional Fire District in potential responses to fires.

In Santa Cruz, preliminary results show strong support for Measure U.  It got 76% of the vote.  Measure U expresses the community’s opposition to proposed enrollment growth at UC Santa Cruz.

Also in Santa Cruz, voters approved a ¼ percent sales tax increase through Measure S. Preliminary results show it received 71% of the vote.

In the Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary School District, Measure R garnered enough support to pass. That’s the nearly $11 million bond to fund facility and equipment updates.

Measure P, a $2.3 million bond to fund updates to facilities and fields in the Mountain Elementary School District passed. It got about 76% of the vote.

Measure Q was also approved by voters with about 78% of the vote. Measure Q authorizes the Happy Valley Elementary School District to levy a parcel tax to fund academic programs, instruction and technology.

State Candidate Races:

Gavin Newsom will move on to November’s elections in the race for California Governor. The Lt. Gov. took the lead in the 27-candidate race with about 38% of the vote. Newsom will likely face Republican John Cox, a businessman who moved to California a few years ago. Cox garnered about 19% of the vote. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) finished closely behind Cox with 16% of the vote.

In the Lieutenant Governor race, democrat businesswoman Eleni Kounalakis took the lead in the 11-candidate race. Democrat Ed Hernandez is second in the race with about 22% of the vote. Republican Cole Harris is currently in third place with 17%. It appears Hernandez will move forward.

Democrat incumbent Alex Padilla heads to November’s election for Secretary of State. He’ll face Republican Mark Meuser.

For State Controller, democrat incumbent Betty Yee will face Republican Konstantinos Roditis. Yee has a strong lead over Roditis.

In the race for Attorney General, Democrat incumbent Xavier Becerra moves forward with about 44% of the vote. He’ll take on Republican Steven Bailey.

For U.S. Senator, Sen. Dianne Feinstein came in with a strong lead. The democrat will face another democrat in November - State Sen. Kevin de Leon. Thirty-two candidates vied for a spot in this race.

State Propositions:

Prop 68, which aims to support investment in parks, land conservation and water projects was approved with about 59% of the vote.

Prop 69 was also approved by voters with about 81 percent of the vote. It ensures that existing transportation taxes can only be used for transportation projects.

The third state proposition to pass is Prop 72. With about 80% of the vote, rainwater capture systems will be excluded from the value of a property for tax purposes in the future.

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