More than 63 percent of Colusa County’s registered voters turned out for the Nov. 6, 2018 election, and will ultimately determine the make-up of two city councils and three local school boards.
Of Colusa County’s 8,792 registered voters, 5,555 cast ballots for governor, a variety of other state offices, a number of propositions, and several local boards and councils.
With 35 provisional ballots left to be counted over the Veterans Day holiday, Williams voters overwhelmingly voted Planning Commissioner Sajit Singh onto the Williams City Council.
Singh picked up 500 votes, over a majority reelection bid by incumbents Chuck Bergson (250 votes), Santos Jauregui (385 votes), and Alfred Sellers, Jr. (266 votes), who ran as a trio.
“I’m grateful to be elected to the Williams City Council,” Singh said. “I am even more grateful for the support and encouragement I have received. I believe our city can grow responsibly while being a connected community. I am honored to be a council member and will do my best to serve the city and community of Williams.”
With just 16 votes separating Sellers and Bergson in the unofficial results, the race to see which of the two incumbents was ousted from the council may still be too close to call until the Colusa County Clerk finalizes the tally.
In the Colusa City Council race, incumbents Tom Reische (864 votes) and Josh Hill (981 votes) beat out Planning Commissioner George Parker (712 votes) for the four-year seat. Brent Nobles, the only candidate on the ballot for the two-year seat, was elected with 1,232 votes.
In the Pierce Joint Unified School District, incumbent Amy Charter (707 votes) and newcomer Barbara Bair (766 votes) beat out longtime incumbent John Friel, Sr. (571 votes).
Maxwell Unified School District voters reseated incumbents Tom Charter (424 votes) and Cristy Edwards (320 votes). Newcomer Robert Shadley, III (319 votes) won the seat vacated by Trustee Kim Giffin, who did not seek reelection, beating out Cheri Azevedo (194 votes) and Randy Wilkins (171 votes).
In the Colusa Unified School District race, incumbent Kathie Whitesell (1,380 votes) retained her seat on the school board. Newcomer Chris Mcallister (1,064 votes) beat out Carolina Munoz (586 votes) for the seat vacated by Charles Yerxa.
Colusa County voted John Cox for governor 66 percent (3,632 votes) to 34 percent (1,873 votes), although Gavin Newsom won the seat with a majority of California’s electorate casting their ballot for Gov. Jerry Brown’s seat.
Brown, 80, will retire from politics at the end of his second term as California’s 38th governor and more than 45 years in public life. His lengthy career includes serving as the 34th governor of California in the 1970s, Mayor of Oakland, and California Attorney General. In 2013, Brown became the longest-serving chief executive in the history of California, surpassing Earl Warren.
Brown plans to leave the governor’s mansion in Sacramento in December with his wife, Anne Gust Brown, for permanent residence on their Colusa County ranch, west of Williams.
Colusa County voters supported Eleni Kounalakis for Lt. Governor 51 percent (2,029 votes) to 49 percent (1,918 votes).
Kounalakis, the former U.S. Ambassador to Hungry, won her bid for election over Ed Hernandez. Both are Democrats.
Although Colusa County voters opted to repeal the gas tax 62 percent (1,024 votes) to 38 percent (2,042 votes), the measure failed statewide. ■