Election 2016: Final results still trickling in; Measure A approval rate increases
November 27, 2016
It's been just over two weeks since Election Day, and some people still haven't recovered.
While many voters were glued to their televisions or phones on the night of Nov. 8, anxiously waiting for the results of the presidential race, a handful of local candidates who ran unopposed quietly made their way into public office.
Those candidates were elected to boards such as the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District, Truckee Town Council, the Alpine Springs County Water District, the Donner Summit Public Utility District and the Truckee Sanitary District.
As residents await the California canvassing period ending, below is a short recap of those seats than unopposed for local seats:
TAHOE TRUCKEE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board Member Randy Hill is wrapping up his 4-year term with the district and beginning a new chapter on the board of the Tahoe Forest Hospital — a race he won this past Election Day. So who will fill his seat? Cris Hennessey, a self-employed translator from Kings Beach, ran unchallenged for the seat representing "Area 3," which covers Cedar Flat to Stateline.
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Incumbent board member Kirsten Livak, whose term was also scheduled to end this year, ran for re-election and also was unopposed. She represents "Area 2," which covers Glenshire and Prosser Lakeview. Livak is a clinical social worker.
TRUCKEE-DONNER RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT
The Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District, which manages facilities such as the Truckee Ice Rink, the Community Rec Center, the Veterans Building and seven parks in the area, also had some quiet activity this election season.
Incumbent Erin Casey ran without competition, as did newcomer Mark Tanner, who is a general contractor according to Placer County documents. He will replace Janet Brady on the board.
TRUCKEE TOWN COUNCIL
With Mayor Joan Jones and councilwoman Alicia Barr both approaching the end of their 4-year terms, and neither filing for reelection, there were two seats up for grabs on Truckee's Town Council. David Tirman and Jessica Abrams ran unopposed for the two seats.
Tirman and Abrams are scheduled to take their seats with the council on Dec. 13, according to the town's website.
OTHER UNCHALLENGED CANDIDATES
Truckee Sanity District incumbents Brian Kent Smart and Dennis "Denny" Anderson both ran unopposed for their seats on the board.
Donner Summit Public Utility District incumbents Sara Schrichte, Robert Sherwood and Cathy Preis all ran unchallenged for reelection. Sherwood currently serves as the secretary of the board. Schrichte, current vice president of the board, is also the project manager for the Regional Housing Study released by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation earlier this year.
Finally, Alpine Springs County Water District incumbent Jon Northrop ran unopposed for another term. Incumbent David Smelser also ran unopposed. Northrop is the current vice president of the board.
In other local election news
Meanwhile, on Nov. 22, elections officials in Nevada and Placer counties released additional thousands of previously uncounted votes.
As is always the case in California, results compiled by each county on election night — Nov. 8 — are only semi-official.
According to the Secretary of State, final results depend on a 30-day canvass period as vote-by-mail ballots, provisional ballots and other ballots are tallied.
In terms of local races, Measure A, which would increase an existing sales tax for Nevada County libraries to a quarter-cent, is now winning by 37,305 to 15,574 votes, or 70.55 to 29.45 percent. In Placer County, Measure M is still failing, with 105,239 in favor (63.50%) in favor and 60,491 against (36.5%).
Both measures require 66.7 percent of the vote to pass. Stay tuned to SierraSun.com in the coming weeks for final results.
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