By: Lloyd Green Jr.
The final, yet unofficial, election results were made available to the public on Tuesday, June 6, 2012 for the Colusa County Presidential Primary Election.
Colusa County has 7,631 registered voters in its communities totaling a combined population of 21,419 and only 47% (3,602) of the registered voters cast their ballots.
The 2012 Presidential primary brought lots of attention to local supervisorial and U.S. Congressional campaigns.
Supervisorial District 2 that encompass’ the southern boundaries of the City of Colusa had the biggest turnout for prospect candidates. Those candidates included Incumbent, Thomas “Tommy” Indrieri, a Colusa business owner; Thomas Reische, a Colusa business owner; and Curtis Boewer, a former county mental health director. Each individual had their own political views and the public choose whom they felt was the best candidate for the position: Incumbent, Thomas, “Tommy” Indrieri, and received 58% (456) of the vote. Reische received 30% (239) of the vote, and Boewer with 11% (92), leaving 1% (44) undecided.
Supervisorial District 2 had a 45% voter turnout with 788 of its 1,723 registered voters casting their votes.
Supervisorial District 2 that encompass’ a majority of the City of Williams was a seemingly tight race between the two candidates that campaigned for supervisorial seat. Those candidates included Incumbent, Mark Marshall, a retired Williams Fire Chief; and Angela Plachek-Fulcher, a Williams City Council Member. Each individual had their own political views and the public choose whom they felt was the best candidate for the position: Incumbent, Mark Marshall, received 58% (286) of the vote and Plachek-Fulcher with 41% (200), leaving 7% (35) undecided. Supervisorial District 3 had only a 40% voter turnout with 489 of its 1,222 registered voters casting their votes.
Supervisorial District 4 that encompass’ the largest North West region of Colusa County was another seemingly tight race between the two candidates that campaigned for supervisorial seat. Those candidates included Incumbent, Gary Evans, a business owner and resident of Stonyford; and Kenneth R. Cohen, a Maxwell Fire Fighter. Each individual had their own political views and the public choose whom they felt was the best candidate for the position: Incumbent, Gary Evans received, 53% (331) of the vote and Cohen with 47% (289), leaving 5% (39) undecided. Supervisorial District 4 had a 50% voter turnout with 658 of its 1,322 registered voters casting their votes.
For U.S. Senator, Colusa County has chosen to re-elect Diane Feinstein with 13% (998) votes leaving Dan Hughes with 5% (435) as the second choice out of the 24 candidates.
For U.S. Congressional District 3, Colusa County has chosen local Kim Vann to proceed to the General election in November to continue her battle for the seat against U.S. Congressmen John Garamendi. Kim Van received 30% (2,293) of the counties vote, and Incumbent, John Garamendi received 12% (947) votes.
For California State Assembly District 3, was a tight race in Colusa County with the selected only winning by 0.45% of the vote; Dan Logue was the counties selection receiving 38.50% (773) of the vote, leaving Bob Williams behind with 38.05% (764) votes.
For California State Assembly District 4, Colusa County selected John Munn receiving 70% (894) of the vote, leaving Mariko Yamada with 30% (387) votes.
There were two important propositions on the California Ballot this year; Proposition 28 and Proposition 29.
Proposition 28, is the California change in term limits initiative that amends the California Constitution to reduce the number of years a politician can serve in the California Sate Legislature from 14 years to 12 years. It also permits a legislator to serve these 12 years in either the California State senate or the California State Assembly. The change increases the number of years that a legislator can serve in either of those chambers. Colusa County voters gave it a hard look with a close decision. 57% (1,984) of Colusa County gave the proposition a YES vote, and 43% (1,515) gave it a NO vote. This ideology was equally shared with the state as the proposition passed with a 61% YES vote statewide.
Proposition 29, is the California Tobacco Tax for Cancer Research Act. The Proposition was proposed increase the tax on cigarettes by $1.00 per pack, as California’s cigarette tax before the election was 87 cents per pack, this would bring the total tax to $1.87 per pack. The funds would have been used towards cancer research, smoking reduction programs, and tobacco law enforcement. The estimated revenue would have been $735 million dollars a year. Colusa County was well aware of the pro’s and con’s of this additional tax and gave the proposition an overwhelmingly NO vote of 68% (2,398) which was shared by other Californians with a 50% NO vote statewide.
Lastly, the U.S. Presidential primaries; in Colusa County, there are seven political party affiliations in which our voter base is composed of. These parties include Democratic, Republican, American Independent, Green, Libertarian, Peace and Freedom, and Nonpartisan. Out of the seven parties, the two dominating affiliations were the Democratic and Republican Party; these two parties taking on the highest votes for candidates. The Democratic Party was running unopposed this year with Incumbent Barack Obama receiving 90% of its parties vote, and only 9% of the countywide vote, with a total of 727 votes. The Republican Party had three main candidates within its party; Mitt Romney received 80% of its party vote, and a whopping 22% of the Counties vote, for a total of 1,637 votes; Ron Paul came in second with 8% of its party vote, and 2% of the County vote, for a total of 171 votes; thus leaving Rick Santorum with 5% of its party vote, 1% of the counties vote for a total of 104 votes. ■