Voters reject S’ville bond

Chris Caskey, The Union Democrat

Summerville High School's bond measure failed by a slim margin in the Nov. 6 election, but voters approved Sonora High's, official election results released late last week showed.

The Tuolumne County Elections Office finished its final ballot count last week. They showed Measure H - an $8 million Summerville High School District bond measure - failed to receive the 55 percent required for passage. The final tally shows 2,601 for the bond (54.98 percent) and 2,130 against (45.02 percent).

Final results also show Sonora Union High School District's $23 million bond, Measure J, received 9,171 votes (56.49 percent) to 7,063 (43.51 percent) in favor.

The two school bonds were the only local ballot items in question during the final weeks of counting, which saw elections officials tally more than 5,000 mail-in ballots and about 1,300 provisional ballots after election night. The elections office finished on Friday with the provisional ballots, which took longer than usual this year because of the high number, according to elections officials.

The final results showed that 25,135 Tuolumne County voters cast a ballot, giving the county a 79.15 percent turnout with 31,780 registered voters.

Results for other major elections in the county include:

• Jim Grinnell (8,143, 18 percent), John Maciel (7,638, 17 percent) and Kent Johnson (6,940, 15 percent) won four-year seats for the Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors.

Michael Sarno secured the only two-year seat with 9,846 (55 percent) votes over Ron Ringen, who took 7,943 (44.5 percent).

The winners are followed by Dennis Dahlin (6,327, 14 percent), David Evans (6,305, 14 percent), Bob Behee (5,657, 12.6 percent) and David Axelrod (3,870, 8.6 percent).

Behee, Ringen and Dahlin are incumbents. Another incumbent, Barbara Balen, did not seek re-election. Delbert Rotelli will be the only holdover next year.

• Sherri Brennan pulled in 2,672 votes for county Board of Supervisors District 1, with 59.7 percent of the total vote. Incumbent Supervisor Liz Bass received a final total of 1,783 votes, or 39.8 percent.

Karl Rodefer received 2,932 final votes for the board's District 5, totaling 66 percent. His challenger, Domenic Torchia, received 1,485 votes, or 33 percent.

Rodefer will replace Dick Pland, who did not seek re-election for the district that covers Jamestown and Columbia.

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