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A Look at the Supervisorial Elections Around the State

Yesterday marked another Election Day. And while a lot of California election pundits were focused on the new top-two system, it was business as usual in the 122 supervisorial races across our 58 counties. All it takes is 50 percent plus 1 vote and you’re the winner. Getting less than 50 percent of the vote means a runoff election in November– assuming you are in the top two.

Some bits of information from the supervisorial races:

  • Seventy-five supervisors were re-elected – 35 who ran unopposed.
  • Four incumbents were defeated.
  • Ten incumbents face runoffs.
  • 31 supervisors are retiring, including a handful who are being termed out of office.
  • There will be anywhere from 35 to 45 new county supervisors come January.
  • Santa Cruz Supervisor Neal Coonerty has passed the torch onto his son, Ryan, who won his race with more than 75 percent of the vote.
  • In El Dorado County’s two supervisorial elections, there were 14 candidates – none of which received more than 27.5 percent of the vote.
  • Seven incumbents received 100 percent of the vote.
  • Alpine County’s Donald Jardine was elected to his eighth term; Merced’s Jerald O’Banion was elected to his seventh.
  • Two challengers from different counties both had the last name of Clift; both lost by more than 30 percent.
  • In the gubernatorial election year, the vast majority of our counties only have two of the five seats up. Six counties (Kings, Madera, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento and Yolo) had three seats up for election.
  • Alpine County had the highest voter turnout percentage in the state with 69.5 percent of their 766 registered votes.
  • Los Angeles County had the lowest turnout – 13.1 percent – but more than 636,000 people still cast ballots.
  • Four counties had a turnout of more than 50 percent; together they had a total of 7,955 ballots cast.
  • Only 25 counties will have supervisorial elections in November.

For a more detailed (yet still unofficial) look at the 122 races, click here.


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