Election results finalized
November 25, 2008
Nevada and Placer counties have finalized the Nov. 4 election results. While the larger-than-average volume of last-minute absentee ballots left some local races in limbo after election night, canvassing actually ended earlier than normal.
“This is the earliest canvas has ever been complete,” said Gail Smith, acting assistant clerk recorder for Nevada County. “It’s always gone to the deadline date.”
Canvassing ends Dec. 2 this year. Smith attributed this to the large vote-by-mail turnout, allowing the county to get a lot of counting done sooner.
She said the county’s election results are on their way to the Secretary of State for certification.
Placer County, which certified election results Monday, had the largest turnout in history this election at 88.1 percent, said Placer County Clerk Recorder Jim McCauley, along with the highest registration at 199,087.
Locally the finalized results brings conclusion to the hotly contested Truckee Town Council Race.
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Incumbent Barbara Green and challenger Joan Jones won the two council seats over incumbent Josh Susman and challengers Jamie Brimer and Jeremiah Frank.
Green said she is relieved to have final results.
“This shows you how much your vote counts in Truckee,” Green said.
Jones said she’s ready to dig in.
“I’m very excited to start work,” Jones said. “I’m very grateful for the work of past councils, especially Josh Susman and all his years of service.”
Susman said he still plans on being involved in public service, one way or another.
“I wish Barbara [Green] and Joan [Jones] the best, and I thank the community for their trust and confidence over the last 12 years,” Susman said.
Town Clerk Judy Price said the town council will certify the results and swear in the new council on Dec. 4.
Truckee Planning Commissioners, each appointed by individual council members, should stay the same with the exception of Susman’s nomination Jeff Bender, who will also be conflicted out as a newly-elected Truckee Donner Public Utility District Board member, Price said.
Green said she will retain Bob Johnston as her planning commissioner.