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Big Wins for Friend, Leopold, School Props, Term Limits and Cigarette Tax

Only Bruce McPherson didn't make 50 percent in his County Supervisor race.

Santa Cruz County voters overwhelmingly swept Democrats into local offices and showed they aren't afraid to put their money where their schools are.

County Supervisor candidates John Leopold and Zach Friend won't face November run-offs for their jobs, garnering 70 and 57 percent of the vote. Republican Bruce McPherson, however, fell just under the 50 percent required to avoid a second election.

Schools were big winners in Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, where voters overhwhelmingly supported previously raised parcel taxes to keep services. Tobacco companies lost a measure to increase taxes on their products to support cancer research.

And state legislators will have their terms cut from a maximum of 14 years to 12 in either or both chambers.

County Supervisors

1st District: mail-in, 48/48 precincts reporting

Candidate Vote Count Percent Gary Richard Arnold 1,541 18.55% John Leopold 5,841 70.31% Charles Andrew Paulden  
874 10.52% Write-In 51 0.61% Total 8,307 100%

2nd District: mail-in, 37/37 precincts reporting

Candidate Vote Count Percent Douglas Deitch 626 7.02% Antonio R. Rivas   
764 8.57% Rich McInnis 537 6.02% Daniel Beckett 1,874 20.49% Zach Friend 5,097 57.17% Write-In 64 0.72% Total 8,915 100%

5th District: mail-in, 46/46 precincts reporting

Candidate Vote Count Percent Susan G. Weber 566 5.53% William H. Smallman  
638 6.23% Eric Hammer 3,904 38.11% Bruce McPherson 5,068 49.48% Write-In 67 0.65% Total 10,243 100%

State Assembly

29th District: mail-in, 160/160 precincts reporting

Candidate Vote Count Percent Tom Walsh 8,966 25.71% Mark Stone    
21,142 60.64% Bob Fultz 4,691 13.45% Write-In 68 0.20% Total 34,867 100%

30th District: mail-in, 0/23 precincts reporting

Candidate Vote Count Percent Luis Alejo 2,461 63.10% Rob Bernosky  
1,414 36.26% Write-In 25 0.64% Total 3,900 100%

State Senate

17th District: mail-in, 0/183 precints reporting

Candidate     Vote Count Percent Bill Monning 28,965 73.42% Larry Beaman  10,402 26.37% Write-In 86 0.23% Total 39,453 100%

Propositions:

28 — Limits on Legislators' Terms of Office: mail-in, 0/183 precincts reporting (local votes only; this is a state-wide measure)

Vote Count Percent Yes 25,021
63.59% No 14,327 36.41% Total  
39,348 100%

29 — Tax on Cigarettes for Cancer Research: mail-in, 0/183 precincts reporting (local votes only; this is a state-wide measure)

Vote Count Percent Yes 25,937 63.88% No 14,667 36.12% Total  
40,604 100%

Measures

C — West Valley-Mission College: mail-in, 0/4 precincts reporting

Vote Count Percent Yes 589 58.43% No 419 41.57% Total  
1,008 100%

I — Santa Cruz City High School District Parcel Tax: mail-in, 0/80 precincts reporting

Vote Count Percent Yes 15,138 78.95% No 4,037 21.05% Total  
19,175 100%

J — Santa Cruz City Elementary School Parcel Tax: mail-in, 0/38 precincts reporting

Vote Count Percent Yes 8,074 81.19% No 1,871 18.81% Total   
9,945 100%

K — Scotts Valley Unified School District Parcel Tax: mail-in, 0/19 precincts reporting

Vote Count Percent Yes 3,129 76.00% No 988 18.81% Total  
4,117 100%

This space will be continually updated at results come in. 

Brooke Wright June 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I wish it were a big win for the new cigarette tax but Santa Cruz statistics do not seem to be representative of the state on this one
Jacob Bourne June 06, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Yeah it looks like it might not pass, but they say it's too close to call. Here's our full election recap: http://capitola.patch.com/articles/election-recap-locals-support-cigarette-tax-education-friend-and-leopold
Michael R. Rawlings June 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM
OK, put the dollar tax on us smokers, BUT, I suggest a $1 tax on every bag of diapers, $1 on every jar of baby food, $1 dollar on every set of shoes, shirt, child toy, etc. and let it be devided equally to anyone over 65, people who don't have children, If no kids you are to pay NO tax to hospitals for children, schools, daycare centers, Let's also take 10 per cent of everyones gross earnings, and forward it to the schools, vets, and if you did not, or would not server this country in the armed forces, take another 10 percent of gross pay, and give to vets.
Jacob Bourne June 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Michael, what's the rationale here? What's the justification for a dollar tax on things like diapers and baby food? The cigarette tax goes toward anti-smoking education and cancer research. These are things we need to combat the negative effects of smoking. In other words, smokers are literally paying to help others not repeat their own bad behavior. You see an equivalent with diapers and baby food?
Cathy P. June 06, 2012 at 06:23 PM
"You see an equivalent with diapers and baby food?" ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Just a guess but perhaps Mr. Rawlings is making a statement about population control? I'm all for it (population control) myself, but unfortunately no matter how much diapers or baby food costs, the irresponsible will go on having more children than they can afford.

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