Elliott, Elconin and Blythe on track to retain KV Healthcare board seats

By Kyle Barnett

John Blythe, Katheryn Elconin, Fred Clark and Ross Elliott appear to have won their bids to serve on the Kern Valley Healthcare District’s board of directors in last week’s election.

Blythe, Elconin and Clark were running for full-term seats while Elliott was running for a short-term position.

Blythe garnered 1,916 votes, or 23.83% of the vote, with Elconin receiving 1,900 (23.63%) and Clark 1,682 (20.92%.) The two other candidates on the ballot for the full-term seats were Barbara Anne Casas, who received 1,306 votes (16.24%), and Michael Hess (1,237 votes, 15.38%.)

In the short-term seat race, Elliott received 2,713 votes (74.09%) to opponent David Fluhart’s 949 votes (25.91%.)

As of Monday night, the Kern County Elections office still had over 143,000 mail-in and provisional ballots to process from last week’s election. All had arrived on or after election day.

“We’re doing it as fast as we can we’re just processing them,” County Clerk Mary Bedard told KGET-TV Monday. “We want to make sure it’s done right and we’re following the process that needs to be followed.”

In the presidential race, Donald Trump so far has garnered 82,524 local votes to former Vice President Joe Biden’s 78,269 votes. Biden, however, appears to be on track to win California with 9,163,725, or 64.6% of the vote; to Trump’s 4,741,191 votes, or 33.4%.

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