Kranz concedes Placer County election to Bloomfield
TAHOE CITY – Bruce Kranz conceded the 5th District supervisor election to Rex Bloomfield Tuesday, cancelling a hand recount he had requested last week.
“We ran a good race and I am proud of my volunteers and friends for helping me to come within 12 votes of going to a runoff election,” Kranz said.
Currently in his eighth year on the Placer County Board of Supervisors, Bloomfield will begin another four-year term in 2001. The incumbent garnered 6,376 votes during the March 7 primary election, defeating Kranz’s 5,269 votes and Stephen Gilbert’s 1,033 votes.
Bloomfield was at a supervisors meeting Tuesday when he found out about Kranz conceding the election, according to Anita Yoder, county spokesperson.
To avoid a runoff election in November, one of the candidates had to win the three-way primary election by earning 50 percent of the votes, plus one more vote.
In a campaign bolstered by conservative Republican support, Kranz came within a few votes of forcing the election to a November runoff.
He requested an electronic recount of the votes to determine if any miscounted ballots would change the election, but the recount last Thursday only deleted four votes for Bloomfield and did not add any votes to Kranz’s or Gilbert’s totals.
A manual recount scheduled for this week was canceled Tuesday, because Kranz determined that it was unlikely to change the results of the election.
The manual recount would have cost his campaign about $3,200.
Still, the soon-to-be-retired California State Parks superintendent pointed out that his campaign unveiled some problems in Bloomfield’s representation of the 5th District, which includes Tahoe, communities along the Interstate 80 corridor and a portion of Auburn.
“Throughout my campaign, I talked with many constituents. I believe that Rex Bloomfield has a job to do in re-establishing communication and trust with a large percentage of the voters who feel alienated from the direction that the county is heading,” Kranz said.
In the precincts east of the Sierra crest, Bloomfield did not receive a majority vote of support. Bloomfield said he did not receive 50 percent of the votes in the Tahoe precincts.
In the 13 walk-in voting precincts in North Lake Tahoe, Kranz received 975 votes; Bloomfield, 901 votes; and Gilbert, 161 votes.
Voter turnout was 33.8 percent.
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