Election update: City Council candidates weigh in on tight race; 16k ballots still to count
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Results are mostly unchanged after Thursday’s update from the El Dorado County Elections Office.
The office reported that 12,000 of the remaining 28,000 ballots were counted, and 16,000 still remain.
Candidate Scott Robbins is in good position to grab one of three seats available on the South Lake Tahoe City Council with the most votes so far (1,544).
While results are not finalized, Robbins said in an email, “I’m cautiously optimistic, and enormously humbled by the results so far. Win or lose, I’ll continue to do the best I can to advocate for the needs of locals first in local government.”
Incumbent Cody Bass looks to have run a successful reelection campaign and sits right behind Robbins with 1,524 votes.
The race for the final seat looks like it’s coming down to incumbent Tamara Wallace and former city manager David Jinkens. Wallace, who was leading by four votes after the last update on Tuesday, has a 23 vote lead over Jinkens (1,412-1,389).
“South Lake Tahoe has a history of close elections. I hope the results hold, but no matter what, I will continue to be involved in the solutions in my community, just as I was for the many years before my tenure on council,” Wallace said in a text to the Tribune Thursday morning. “I challenge the rest of the candidates to do the same. Apply for a city board or commission, join the Leadership Lake Tahoe program, etc. Stay involved and run again.”
“I am feeling fine,” Jinkens said. “The campaign was a good one with energized candidates for city council who want to serve their community. I am proud of all of them and wish whoever wins success and good fortune. The work of governing after an election becomes the real work and test.”
Joby Cefalu has garnered 1,108 votes.
The race for El Dorado County District 5 Supervisor also remained unchanged with Brooke Laine maintaining 58% of the vote compared to 42% for Kenny Curtzwiler.
Measure S is in an overwhelming position to pass. The measure, which asked voters to raise the transient occupancy tax in the Tahoe area of the county, is maintaining 81% support and it needs 2/3 of the vote to pass.
Measure G is on its way to passing. The “South Lake Tahoe Cannabis Funding/Taxation Measure” has received 62% of the vote.
Measure K proposed by the Lake Tahoe Unified School District is failing with only 52% approval. The measure needs 55% to pass.
Lauri Kemper is running away with the race for LTUSD Area 5 Trustee with 63% of the vote compared to 36% for Bob Grant.
The South Tahoe Public Utility District race for three seats remained unchanged with Nick Exline leading the way (4,214), followed by Shane Romsos (3,706) and Nick Haven (3,354). Duane Wallace has 3,140 votes.
The Elections Office said the next update in overall results will be available at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15.
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