Keith Royal ousts incumbent Arbaugh in sheriff’s race
Nevada County voters ousted incumbent Sheriff Troy Arbaugh in the election June 2, electing challenger Keith Royal by a margin of 23 percent, or about 5,700 votes.
Early election returns indicated Royal 17,061 votes to Arbaugh’s 11,299.
“I’m excited about it,” Royal said Wednesday. “This gives us a tremendous opportunity to make positive changes.”
Royal said he believed incidents which occurred over the past few years influenced voters when they made their choice Tuesday.
“Over the last four years we have seen a number of high profile incidents which were handled in a way that really caught the attention of the public,” Royal said. “The credibility of the office of sheriff was damaged. My background and experience provides me with the opportunity to change that.”
Royal is currently an administrative lieutenant assigned to the Nevada County Sheriff’s command staff and also has 23 years experience with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.
He said innovative programs could restore the trust of the community in the sheriff’s department.
“We need to work with community-oriented policing,” Royal said. “In order to restore the public trust, we must get the public involved.” He said open lines of communication with businesses and residents will be an important part of that outreach.
Sheriff Arbaugh was out of the office and unavailable for comment Wednesday.
In the race for Municipal Court Judge for Nevada County, incumbent Al Dover handily defeated challenger Leland Moglen, an attorney from Nevada County.
Dover received 21,593 votes to Moglen’s 5,379 – about 80 percent to 20 percent.
“I think that having had the opportunity to serve for 11 years meant a lot of people knew me or knew someone they trusted who knew me,” Dover said. He said the numerous endorsements he received were also important. He was endorsed by both sheriff’s candidates, both candidates for district attorney and all county supervisors and candidates for supervisor.
“I would really like to thank the people of Truckee who supported me,” Dover said. “I’m up there every month or so to sit as judge. I’m as much a judge there as I am a judge here [Nevada City].
Incumbent District Attorney Mike Ferguson defeated his challenger, James Dremann of Grass Valley. Early totals had Ferguson solidly in the lead by about 5 percent, with 15,156 votes to Dremann’s 12,390. Ferguson had 55 percent of the votes counted, while Dremann had 45 percent.
Former Nevada County Supervisor Todd Juvinall will face opponent Art Green in the November runoff election. Green, a systems administrator at the Nevada County Assessor’s Office, received 8,995 votes, while Juvinall received 6,973. Other candidates trailed, with Mike Lasich receiving 5,057 votes; Dale Flippin, 1,028; and Ben Nowland 2,605.
Two of the four candidates vying to replace retiring Nevada County Clerk-Recorder Bruce Bolinger will be campaigning for the November runoff election – former news director Lorraine Jewett-Burdick and county clerk staff member Deni Dax. Jewett-Burdick received 11,459 votes to Dax’s 7,091 – 42.26 percent and 26.15 percent respectively. Candidates Barbara Ann Hunyada and Steave Evans trailed with 4,916 and 3,646 votes respectively.
Bud Nobili was a shoe-in for the office of Placer County Superintendent of Education – winning 33,200 votes compared to challengers Toby Richardson with 7,831 and Leo Sandoval with 6,419. Nobili received approximately 69 percent of the total vote, according to semi-final results.
County Treasurer-Tax collector E. Christina Dabis and Auditor Bruce Beilefelt were unopposed in the election.
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