Please ensure Javascript is enabled for purposes of website accessibility
Fresno election review: low turnout thus far
GV-Wire-1
By gvwire
Published 7 years ago on
November 9, 2016

Share

by David Taub

[Note: this story has been updated to reflect yet-to-be-counted ballots in turnout total]

A look at the elections in Fresno…

Lee Brand is the new mayor-elect. In a race that was a dead heat in polls just a few weeks ago, the city councilman broke things open the final few weeks. With 100% precincts reporting, Brand defeated county Supervisor Henry R. Perea, 53.4 to 46.3%, or by 6,035 votes.

Two city council favorites won their respective races. The once and future councilman, Garry Bredefeld, easily dispatched Jeremy Pearce, 64.6-35.2% (difference of 5,586 votes). The District 6 election was to replace termed-out and now mayor-elect Lee Brand. Bredefeld also served on the council, 1997-2001.

In District 5, Luis Chavez garnered 57.8% of the vote to assume the seat vacated by his boss, current councilman Sal Quintero. Chavez, currently an elected member to the Fresno Unified school board and Quintero’s chief of staff, defeated Jose Barraza (24%) and Tony Gastelum (18%). Chavez will fill the remaining two years of the District 5 term. Quintero was elected to the county Board of Supervisors back in June.

Replacing Chavez on the Fresno Unified area 2 school board is his fiancé, Elizabeth Jonasson. She defeated Yuritzy Villasenor, 65.4 to 34% (margin of 1,228 votes).

In the other Fresno Unified open seat, area 6 (vacated by the retiring Janet Ryan), Claudia Cazares defeated Jack Jarvis, 54.7-45% (margin of 874 votes). [editor’s note: Cazares is an employee of Granville Homes, corporate owner of GV Wire]

Voters approved Measure X, the $225 million dollar school bond for Fresno Unified, 63.55-36.45% (margin of 15,108). It only needed 55% to pass. The bond was one of the more contentious local questions asked of the electorate. Despite the absence of official Yes or No committees, major funding was provided by outside sources. Radio station group One Putt Broadcasting paid more than $30,000 for ads and signs. A group organized by trustee Brooke Ashjian and a Sacramento-based charter school lobbying group vowed to spend $100,000 to defeat the measure.

Voters rejected a pair of county charter amendments. Measure T would allow the County Administrative Officer appoints the Chief Probation Officer. Currently, Superior Court judges are tasked with that role. Voters said no, 53.92-46.08% (margin of 11,544).

Measure U also failed, 56.4-43.% (margin of 18,566). It would among other things change the County Administrator from an elected position to an appointed one.

Turnout rate so far was the lowest countywide for a general election dating back to 1996 (the earliest date results are available). Only 177,183 voters bothered to participate, at a rate of 40.48%.

Voter turnout for Presidential elections
Year Total voters Eligible voters Percentage
2016                         177,183                    437,667 40.5%
2012                         261,652                    410,187 63.8%
2008                         275,554                    382,827 72.0%
2004                         249,905                    351,705 71.1%
2000                         222,407                    329,115 67.6%
1996                         216,212                    332,739 65.0%

Fresno County elections chief Brandi Orth says there are still 80,000 mail-in ballots and 31,000 provisional ballots that still need to be counted. If you add in those 111,000, turnout rate would improve to 65.8%, in line with prior contests.

There were no surprises in the elections of the local delegations to Sacramento and Washington. In the Assembly, Frank Bigelow (R-O’Neals), Adam Gray (D-Merced), Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), Dr. Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno) and Rudy Salas (D-Hanford/Bakersfield) return.

For the local delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, it was smooth sailing to return for Tom McClintock (R-Roseville/mountain towns), Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), Jim Costa (D-Fresno/Merced), David Valadao (R-Hanford), Devin Nunes (R-Fresno/Visalia) and Kevin McCarthy (R-Tulare/Bakersfield).

RELATED TOPICS:

DON'T MISS

Surprising Ways and Places You Can Use SNAP EBT Food Benefits

DON'T MISS

Californians Worry About Crime, Setting up a Ballot Measure Showdown

DON'T MISS

The Pickle Flavor Frenzy and Its Rise in Food Trends

DON'T MISS

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

DON'T MISS

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

DON'T MISS

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

DON'T MISS

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hush Money Trial Court

DON'T MISS

McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Are So Unreliable They’re a Meme. They Might Also Be a Climate Solution.

DON'T MISS

Real Estate Experts Talk Fresno’s Economic Future. Are Tough Times Ahead?

DON'T MISS

Unlocking the Secrets to Fresno State’s Superb Baseball Season

UP NEXT

Abandoned Pup LB Finds Hope and Healing. He’s Available for Adoption at Mell’s Mutts.

UP NEXT

$11M State Grant Will Help Fresno’s Emergency Shelter Beds, Mental Health Services

UP NEXT

Did City Council Finally Give New NW Fresno Costco a Green Light?

UP NEXT

Prop 47 Reformers Send Nearly a Million Signatures to Sacramento

UP NEXT

Big Names in Rap, Christian Music, and Comedy Headline Must-See Weekend Entertainment

UP NEXT

Attorney Suing Fresno Grizzlies for $5 Million Is No Stranger to ‘Ladies Night’ Cases

UP NEXT

Hagrid Has a Bit of a Playful Side, but the Heart of a Giant. And He’s Ready for Adoption

UP NEXT

Don Arax Talks About His New Football Job at Visalia’s Central Valley Christian

UP NEXT

Dem House Challengers Salas, Gray Flex Fundraising Muscle

UP NEXT

State Will Monitor Crop-Rich Kings County Region to Preserve Groundwater

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

1 day ago

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

1 day ago

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

1 day ago

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hush Money Trial Court

2 days ago

McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Are So Unreliable They’re a Meme. They Might Also Be a Climate Solution.

2 days ago

Real Estate Experts Talk Fresno’s Economic Future. Are Tough Times Ahead?

2 days ago

Unlocking the Secrets to Fresno State’s Superb Baseball Season

2 days ago

‘This Is How to Improve Reading Proficiency. We Just Have To Execute It’: FUSD Board President

2 days ago

Does Dyer Support (or Endorse) Bredefeld for Supervisor?

2 days ago

Get a 3D First Look at Merced’s High-Speed Rail Station Design

2 days ago

Surprising Ways and Places You Can Use SNAP EBT Food Benefits

Did you know that SNAP EBT benefits used to be called food stamps and that recipients can use those benefits to get healthy food in places o...

7 hours ago

7 hours ago

Surprising Ways and Places You Can Use SNAP EBT Food Benefits

7 hours ago

Californians Worry About Crime, Setting up a Ballot Measure Showdown

1 day ago

The Pickle Flavor Frenzy and Its Rise in Food Trends

1 day ago

Kate Hudson Had a Lifetime to Make a Record. The Result is ‘Glorious,’ Out in May

1 day ago

Long-Lost First Model of USS Enterprise from ‘Star Trek’ Boldly Goes Home

1 day ago

California Leaders Take Sides in Monumental Supreme Court Case on Homelessness

2 days ago

Man Sets Himself on Fire Outside Trump Hush Money Trial Court

2 days ago

McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines Are So Unreliable They’re a Meme. They Might Also Be a Climate Solution.

MENU

CONNECT WITH US

Search

Send this to a friend