Final Election Results Released

Written by Sullivan

December 7, 2020

The final count on the November Election has been done in San Luis Obispo County, and there were no changes in local races during what appears to be a record turnout.

SLO County posted an 88.35% turnout as 162,615 people out of 184,050 registered voters cast a ballot, according to the County Clerk-Recorder’s Office, which is in charge of elections in SLO County.

And in California’s grand experiment with universal mail-in balloting, brought on by fears of the Coronavirus Pandemic, saw SLO County cast 152,741 vote-by-mail ballots.

Only 9,874 voted at the polls, which were greatly reduced in number, though open over a 4-day election period (Oct. 31-Nov. 3) as opposed to the normal single day of voting.

SLO County went for Joe Biden-Kamala Harris in the Presidential race, scoring 52.29% (88,310 votes) to President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence’s 42.22% (67,436).

Democrat Congressman Salud Carbajal topped Republican challenger Andy Caldwell, 53.62% (84,608) to 46.38% (73,172) in the 24th Congressional District. Overall in the district, which also includes Santa Barbara and Coastal Ventura Counties, Carbajal got 212,563 votes (58.7%) and Caldwell 146,780 (41.3%).

SLO County also went for Democrat John Laird in the 17th District State Senate race, giving the Santa Cruz career politician 52.49% (81,001) to challenger Vicki Nohdren’s 47.51% (73,327).

Overall in the 17th District, Laird took 64.7% (319,750) to Nohdren’s 35.3% (174,452), according to the Secretary of State’s Election website, see:

The 17th District includes SLO, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Santa Clara Counties.
In the race for the 35th State Assembly District, Republican incumbent Jordan Cunningham carried SLO County with 54.7% (85,530) to Democrat challenger and Morro Bay Councilwoman, Dawn Addis’ 45.4% (70,830).

Cunningham carried the overall district, winning re-election with 55.1% (126,579) to Addis’ 44.9% (103,206). The 35th District includes SLO and Santa Barbara Counties.

In the Morro Bay Mayor’s race, in a rematch from the 2018 election, Mayor John Headding prevailed over challenger John Weiss in one of the closest races in all of SLO County, 50.83% (3,476) to 49.17% (3,362), a mere 114 vote difference.

In the race for two council seats, incumbent Robert Davis came in first out of four candidates, taking 27.57% (3,197). Second place went to Laurel Barton with 26.74% (3,100) filling the open seat formerly held by Marlys McPherson, who didn’t run for re-election.
Also-rans were former 2-term Councilwoman Betty Winholtz (23.29%, 2,700) and Richard Sadowski (22.4%, 2,597).

Cambria CSD winners were Harry Farmer (30.02%, 2,529), Karen Dean (27.28%, 2,298) and Tom Gray (22.56%, 1,901). David Pearson finished out of the money with 20.14% and 1,697 votes.

Cesilia Ann Lomeli (47.08%, 2,895) and Cecilia Montalvo (27.08%, 1,665) were elected to the Cambria Community Healthcare District board, beating out Kristi Jenkins (25.84%, 1,589).
In the Cayucos Sanitary District, Hannah Miller (43.75%, 1,128) and Bob Enns (40.92%, 1,055) were re-elected. Also, John Drayer got 15.32% and 395 votes.

Morro Bay’s Measure E-20, a 1-percent sales tax hike, was approved by voters with 58.55% (4,113) in favor and 41.45% (2,912) against. So the City’s local sales tax rate will go from one-half percent to 1.5% (plus the State’s 7.25% for a total sales tax in Morro Bay of 8.75%).

As a general fund tax, Measure E-20 needed just 50%-plus-one vote to pass. Had it been for a specific purpose, for example road repairs, it would have needed two-thirds majority (66%) for approval.

City Manager Scott Collins said the new tax would kick in April Fool’s Day and the revenues start to be realized with the 2021-22 City budget starting July 1, 2021. The City claimed it would raise up to $2 million a year, given a normal economy.
In the case of an Atascadero school bond, Measure C-20, for $40 million, the measure needed 55% under State Law. C-20 came up short, garnering 54.45% according the County Elections Office.

However, Measure D-20, a 1% sales tax hike put up by the City of Atascadero passed easily with 58.6%.
Sales tax hikes were also approved in San Luis Obispo and Grover Beach. And voters in Pismo Beach approved a hike in the transient occupancy taxes, from 10% to 11%, expected to raise $1 million a year and be paid by tourists.

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