Tahoe-Truckee election results for 8 local races; some too close to call
November 9, 2016
Full results online
Due to time and space limitations, the Sierra Sun is only publishing results for hyper-local races and measures.
Below are web links to the full, semi-official results from all the races and measures within the three local counties featuring North Tahoe and Truckee:
Nevada County: http://bit.ly/2fBJkPh
Placer County: http://bit.ly/2eCuZgS
El Dorado County: http://bit.ly/2eTtvQq
Further, to see full results of the 17 statewide ballot propositions, according to the California Secretary of State, visit the following link: http://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/ballot-measures.
TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of semi-official results for the eight local races that went to ballot across various Truckee and North Tahoe government districts this year.
As is always the case in California, results compiled by each county on election night are only semi-official.
According to the Secretary of State, final results depend on a 30-day canvass period (28 days for presidential electors and 30 days for all other contests) as vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots and other ballots are tallied.
In Placer and Nevada counties alone, it's estimated that several thousand ballots from a variety of county-wide precincts remain outstanding, although it's not clear how many may come from Truckee-Tahoe.
As new numbers are reporting in the coming weeks, the below vote tallies for local races, as well as ballot measures, will change — and, it is possible for the votes to change enough so certain "winners" on Election Day may find themselves on the outside looking in when all is said and done.
Those possible scenarios are spelled out below.
Hospital board: Wong, Hill oust Mohun
According to combined totals from Nevada and Placer counties, challengers Alyce Wong (4,863 votes) and Randy Hill (2,887 votes) will take both seats on the Tahoe Forest Hospital District Board.
Incumbent John Mohun has 1,722 votes, and with a difference of more than 1,000 votes between he and Hill, it's highly unlikely he will make up the margin with the uncounted ballots.
Airport Board: Stephens, Wallace, O'Dette winners
According to combined totals from Nevada and Placer counties, challenger Rick Stephens (3,814 votes) and incumbent Lisa Wallace (3,587 votes) will easily take two of the three seats on the Truckee Tahoe Airport Board.
Meanwhile, challenger Teresa O'Dette (2,673 votes) appears primed to take the third slot, as challenger Andrew Terry (2,509 votes) is 164 votes, a result that's unlikely to change after all ballots are counted.
Truckee Donner PUD Board: Bender, Ellis win easily; Hemig on tap for third seat
According to combined totals from Nevada and Placer counties, incumbents Jeff Bender (2,211 votes) and Bob Ellis (1,820 votes) will take two of the three seats.
The race for the third seat is much closer: Challenger Jim Hemig (1,586 votes) leads incumbent Joe Aguera (1,539 votes) by only 47 votes, meaning it may take until the end of the counties' canvas period before an outright winner can be declared.
Truckee Fire Board: Perea, Herrick take seats
According to combined totals from Nevada and Placer counties, incumbent Ron Perea (2,322 votes) and challenger Gerald Herrick (1,869 votes) will take both seats.
Challenger Erin Prado's 1,579 votes come in third place, which is likely too large a margin to overcome.
Tahoe City PUD Board: Zumwalt, Friedman, Treabess the victors
According to combined totals from Placer and El Dorado counties, challenger Scott Zumwalt (874 votes) and incumbents Judy Friedman (721 votes) and Ron Treabess (704 votes) will win the three seats.
Challenger Scott Joslin came in last, with 429 votes, again likely too large a margin to overcome.
North Tahoe PUD Board: Coolidge only clear winner
According to totals from Placer County, the lone PUD challenger, Sarah Coolidge (659 votes), cruised to victory to take one of the three seats.
The other two seats are far from decided, as only 13 votes separate the distance among incumbents Phil Thompson (499 votes), Tim Ferrell (494 votes) and John Bergmann (484 votes).
It will likely take until the end of Placer County's canvas period before the outright winners can be declared.
Squaw Valley PSD Board: Poulsen for one, then waiting game
According to totals from Placer County, incumbent Eric Poulsen's 131 votes are secure enough to earn him one of the three seats.
Next up, incumbent Carl Gustafson (96 votes) is tailed by challenger Fred Ilfeld (94 votes) and incumbent John Wilcox (85 votes), representing only an 11-vote margin among the three.
Once again, it will likely take until the end of Placer County's canvas period before the outright winners can be declared.
North Tahoe Fire Board Seat 5
Lastly, incumbent Richard Loverde cruised to victory in the District 5 seat, with his 308 votes far out-pacing challenger John Lilly's 119 votes.
Ballot measures A, E, M
Meanwhile, regarding the three locally-voted-upon ballot measures, Placer County Measure E — which will permanently make future elections for North Tahoe PUD board seats be run as at-large elections, rather than by precinct — will easily pass, thanks to 78 percent voter approval, according to Placer County.
It also appears Nevada County's Measure A — which will increase an existing eighth-of-a-cent sales tax to a quarter-cent to help fund Nevada County's library system, effective April 1 and lasting for 15 years — is headed for victory. Of 33,436 votes thus far, 23,060 (68.99 percent) voted "yes." The measure requires two-thirds majority (66.7 percent) to pass, so updated results will be watched closely.
Meanwhile, Placer County's Measure M — a county-wide, half-percent sales tax increase that would last 30 years to fund various transportation improvements — appears headed for defeat. Of 104,120 counted, only 63.71% (66,335 votes) voters were in favor. The measure requires two-thirds majority (66.7 percent) to pass.