No change in Cambria, San Simeon election outcomes

Vote count not quite complete

ktanner@thetribunenews.comNovember 15, 2012 

As county elections officials wade their way through thousands of provisional, vote-by-mail and other uncounted ballots from the Nov. 6 election, it appeared as of late on Tuesday, Nov. 13, that North Coast race results haven’t changed. Even the order of finish for the winners remained the same.

Vote counts are to be certified by the county clerk within 28 days of the election, according to Julie Rodewald, the county clerk. That certification allows winners to be seated in their new posts, she said Tuesday. The totals then go to the county board of supervisors to become official.

She said she hopes the count will be finished by the week of Nov. 30, but that the Election Division’s deadline is four weeks, or Dec. 4.

Rodewald said it will be at least a week before write-in totals can be tallied by name, such as the local services district and school board races in which Steve Kniffen was an official write-in candidate.

As of the still-unofficial tally from 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12:

CCSD

In the race for three Cambria Community Services District Board of Directors’ seats, the totals were:

Amanda Rice, 1,580, 21.01%

Gail Robinette, 1,551, 20.62%

Muril Clift, 1,530, 20.34%

Mike McLaughlin, 1,331, 17.70%

Tom Gray, 1,056, 14.04%

Kim McDaniel, 247, 3.28%

Write-in votes, 226, 3%

Remaining to be counted early on Nov. 14 were 36 vote-by-mail ballots and 102 provisional ballots.

Muril Clift, current director who has been on the board longer than any of the five who are to serve together for the next four years, said Tuesday of the group’s new makeup, “I don’t think the focus of the new board will change. Amanda has regularly commented on the length of the moratorium so I ‘assume’ she will join with the other board members and make lifting the moratorium our number-one goal.” He added, “I look forward to being part of this board.”

CCSD winners can be sworn in any time after Dec. 4, according to district officials, and are also to take part in a swearing-in ceremony at the board’s meeting on Dec. 20. However, that may be a mostly ceremonial action, since most new directors choose to take their oath earlier in the month.

CUSD

In the race for three Coast Unified School District seats on the Board of Trustees, the totals were:

Judith A. Hillen, 2,486, 25.12%

Cindy Fratto, 2,465, 24.90%

Sue Nash, 2,321, 23.45%

Jack Mettier, 2,065, 20.86%

Write-in votes, 561, 5.67%

Winners are to be sworn in at the board meeting on Dec. 13, according to district officials.

SSCSD

In the race for one two-year seat on the San Simeon Community Services District Board of Directors, the totals were:

Ralph N. McAdams Jr., 67, 65.05%

Mary P. Giacoletti, 36, 34.95%

Remaining to be counted early on Nov. 14 were one vote-by-mail ballot and seven provisional ballots.

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