California completes midterms

By Ashley Loza
Kern Valley Sun

California’s election results are rolling in, and while many votes still have yet to be counted and finalized, some winners are already apparent.

On the home front in Kern County, results are showing the positions of Sheriff and District Attorney were won by incumbent Donny Youngblood and Cynthia Zimmer, respectively. Kern County Superior Court Judge positions went to Chad Louie and John Lance Fielder.

Primary results for District 16 of the State Senate show that Shannon Grove (R) and Ruth Musser-Lopez (D) will move on to the general election in November. For State Assembly’s 26th district, incumbent Devon Mathis (R) and Democrat Jose Sigala will appear on the ballot.

For U.S. Senate, incumbent Dianne Feinstein (D) is set to take on fellow Democrat and President pro Tempore of the California State Senate, Kevin de León. The race for the U.S. House of Representatives’ District 23 will be between incumbent Kevin McCarthy (R) and Democrat Tatiana Matta.

The race for California’s new governor will be a battle between current Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom (D) and businessman John Cox (R). Meanwhile, former ambassador Eleni Kounalakis (D) and California State Senator Ed Hernandez (D) will be running for Lieutenant Governor.

Californians were also largely in favor of this election’s propositions. The only ‘no’ vote went to Proposition 70, which called for a reserve fund for cap-and-trade revenues to be accessed only by a two-thirds majority vote of the State Legislature.

All other propositions were approved.

An authorization for a $4 billion general obligation bond to fund parks, natural resource protection, climate adaptation, water quality and supply, and flood protection was approved. The state is also now required to ensure that all transportation revenues collected from SB-1 and other measures will only be used for repairing roads and improving transit.

Additionally, the effective date of all ballot measures will no longer be the day after election, but rather after all votes have been counted and certified by the Secretary of State (usually about 6 weeks after Election Day.)

Lastly, rain-capture systems installed on homes after January 1, 2019, will not raise property taxes on that home.

The results reported are from the California Secretary of State and are currently listed as ‘unofficial’ until all votes are counted and certified. The Sun will update any changes that may occur.

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