Novasel and Brown up, paid parking down as counting continues
June 5, 2014
Preliminary election results
Superior Court Judge Office 1
David W. Combellack – 12,718 votes, 34 percent
Vicki Ashworth – 19,269 votes, 51.5 percent
Joe Weinberger – 5,379 votes, 14.4 percent
Superior Court Judge Office 5
Dylan Mary Sullivan – 22,028 votes, 60 percent
Joseph Hoffman – 14,722 votes, 40 percent
County Superintendent of Schools
Jeremy M. Meyers – 27,705 votes, 98.4 percent
County Supervisor District 4
Michael Jon Pettibon – 835 votes, 8.5 percent
Tim Palmer – 1,197 votes, 12.2 percent
Lori Parlin – 1,237 votes, 12.6 percent
Winston E. Pingrey – 511 votes, 5.2 percent
Howard Penn – 2,112 votes, 21.4 percent
Dave Souza – 843 votes, 8.6 percent
Scott McNeil – 940 votes, 9.5 percent
Michael Ranalli – 2,155 votes, 21.9 percent
County Supervisor District 5
Sue Novasel – 1,508 votes, 28.4 percent
Angela Swanson – 938 votes, 17.69 percent
Kenny Curtzwiler – 936 votes, 17.65 percent
Teresa Piper – 300 votes, 5.7 percent
Gerri Grego – 656 votes, 12.4 percent
Kevin Brown – 950 votes, 17.9 percent
John D’Agostini – 32,192 votes, 98.3 percent
Rich Briner – 29,664 votes, 99.3 percent
Karl Weiland – 29,334 votes, 99 percent
Joe Harn – 20,382 votes, 54.8 percent
Michael L. Owen – 16,730 votes, 45 percent
C.L. Raffety – 26,160 votes, 69.7 percent
Ron Briggs – 11,242 votes, 30 percent
Vern Pierson – 25,450 votes, 72.1 percent
Judson Henry – 9,681 votes, 27.4 percent
Bill Schultz – 24,516 votes, 69 percent
Chris Amaral – 10,963 votes, 31 percent
City of South Lake Tahoe Measure P
Yes – 1,644 votes, 67.2 percent
No – 801 votes, 32.8 percent
Library Measure L
Yes – 3,423 votes, 80.5 percent
No – 832 votes, 19.5 percent
Fallen Leaf Lake CSD Measure A
Yes – 28 votes, 75.7 percent
No – 9 votes, 24.3 percent
Source: El Dorado County Election Department
Preliminary results for the June primary show Sue Novasel and Kevin Brown leading a tight six-way race for El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor and South Lake Tahoe residents voting to repeal the city's paid parking program.
County election officials had 34,362 ballots counted and reported by early Wednesday morning, and tallied another big batch of more than 7,000 ballots on Thursday to bring the near-final, unofficial total to 42,095.
The closest race that could potentially be impacted is the race for District 5 supervisor, in which the top two vote-getters advance to the November election. So far Brown is leading his next closest challenger, Angela Swanson, by only 12 votes.
"The code allows us 28 days to certify (the election). It doesn't usually take us that long, but we have that timeframe," said Linda Webster, the assistant registrar of voters for El Dorado County.
About 6,000 of the uncounted ballots were vote-by-mail ballots people dropped off at polling locations on Election Day. Another 600 were provisional ballots and a few hundred more were vote-by-mail ballots picked up from post offices.
"We have to check the signatures and review (the vote-by-mail ballots) before they can be run through the counter. When people wait until Election Day to drop them off, they won't be in the counts on election night," Webster said. "I don't think the public always understands what it takes. But we review every signature on every vote-by-mail ballot that comes back to us."
In the six-way race for District 5 supervisor, 5,302 votes have been counted. The district has 17,702 registered voters. The updated election results showed Novasel, of Meyers, leading the District 5 supervisor race with 1,508 votes, or 28.4 percent of the vote. That's a 558-vote lead over Brown, of Pollock Pines, who is eking out a second-place finish with 17.9 percent.
But Brown is leading third-place finisher Swanson, of South Lake Tahoe, by only 12 votes. With 938 votes, Swanson has only a two-vote lead over fourth-place finisher, Kenny Curtzwiler, of Meyers.
Gerri Grego, of South Lake Tahoe, is in fifth place with 656 votes, or 12.37 percent, and Teresa Piper is in sixth place with 300 votes, or nearly 6 percent.
Voter turnout in the District 5 race stands at 32 percent.
Novasel said she thanks voters for their support and promises to continue to be a strong advocate for economic growth, public safety, social services and environmental protection if she advances to the November runoff.
"If the outcome holds true, there is still a lot of work ahead between now and November. Now more than ever it is vital to have a Tahoe basin resident who will fight for critical funding," Novasel said.
In the race for District 4 supervisor, which represents northwest El Dorado County, Howard Penn and Michael Ranalli led in an eight-way race, each with nearly 22 percent of the 9,848 votes counted.
City residents who want to repeal South Lake Tahoe's paid parking program apparently got their wish. With 2,445 Measure P votes counted as of Thursday evening, 67.24 percent favored repeal and 32.76 percent opposed repeal.
Voter turnout stands at nearly 29 percent with 8,732 voters eligible to vote on the measure.
Measure P ends paid parking at Lakeview Commons and Lakeside Beach effective August 31. It would not affect paid parking on Bellamy Court and Transit Way, which would remain in place.
The delayed repeal lets South Lake Tahoe collect another summer of revenue to pay down the debt it issued to buy its paid parking kiosks. But the program would end with the city still owing an estimated $150,000 for paid parking kiosks it bought just a couple years ago.
Measure L, a tax renewal for South Lake Tahoe Public Library, had strong support from voters. Preliminary results with 4,255 votes counted show the tax measure passing 80 percent to 20 percent.
The "zone of benefit" eligible to vote on the library measure has 13,950 registered voters, putting turnout for Measure L at 31 percent. The 12-year tax renewal would continue a $20 per home annual assessment, which could be increased by up to 3 percent per year to account for inflation.
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