Bal­lots counted for lo­cal re­sults

Lodi News-Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By John Bays NEWS-SENTINEL STAFF WRITER

The polls have closed and the re­sults are in for the 2018 general elec­tion.

With all six precincts re­port­ing on Wed­nes­day, in­cum­bent Mark Chan­dler beat chal­lenger Spencer Rhoads for the Lodi City Coun­cil District 2 seat in Lodi’s first district-based elec­tion.

“I’m pleased that they’ve voted to sup­port me, and I’m happy to con­tinue rep­re­sent­ing their in­ter­ests,” Chan­dler said on Tues­day.

Chan­dler re­ceived 1,455 votes (66.32 per­cent), while Rhoads re­ceived 739 votes (33.68 per­cent).

A self-em­ployed grape grower and mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional, Chan­dler was first elected to the coun­cil in 2014, when he re­ceived the sec­ond­high­est num­ber of votes out of seven can­di­dates to win one of three open seats.

Chan­dler served as mayor in 2016, and says his ex­pe­ri­ence will help him as he plans to con­tinue ad­vo­cat­ing more eco­nomic growth, bal­anced bud­gets and re­duced crime.

“Also, im­prov­ing job train­ing for young peo­ple to be able to per­form in the jobs that we’re try­ing to cre­ate,” Chan­dler added.

Rhoads, a leg­isla­tive an­a­lyst and first-time can­di­date, said on Wed­nes­day that he was proud of the cam­paign he ran.

“It was very grass­roots, lots of friends and fam­ily in­volved,” he said. “I love my home­town, and I tried my best to rep­re­sent it.”

Rhoads said he learned a lot from his cam­paign, which he man­aged him­self, and plans to stay in­volved in lo­cal pol­i­tics in the years to come.

“This was my first elec­tion, but it cer­tainly won’t be my last,” he said. “I’m cer­tainly go­ing to be keep­ing an eye on the city coun­cil and ad­vo­cat­ing for govern­ment trans­parency.”

Rhoads may also try for a po­si­tion with a lo­cal com­mit­tee or com­mis­sion be­fore the next elec­tion, which he said he has done in the past, al­beit un­suc­cess­fully.

“I ran the bast cam­paign I could, and I’m ex­cited for what the fu­ture holds, no mat­ter the re­sults,” he said.

With all 20 precincts re­port­ing Wed­nes­day, chal­lenger Su­san Mac­far­lane beat in­cum­bent Bon­nie Cas­sel for the Lodi Uni­fied School District Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Area 1 seat.

Mac­far­lane re­ceived 2,212 votes (58.2 per­cent), while Cas­sel — who has served on the board since 2006 — re­ceived 1,589 votes (41.8 per­cent).

Cas­sel con­grat­u­lated Mac­far­lane on Wed­nes­day, she said, and ex­pressed her con­fi­dence in Mac­far­lane’s abil­i­ties as a board mem­ber.

“I told her that I know a brand-new chap­ter is go­ing to open up in her life,” Cas­sel said. “I know she’s go­ing to be a very good board mem­ber given her ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with child­care.”

Cas­sel said she and Mac­far­lane have known each other for years, and that she is proud of how they both ran am­i­ca­ble cam­paigns.

“We had very forth­right, hon­est, good cam­paigns,” she said. “I think that was very im­por­tant to both of us.”

Cas­sel, who works as an in­ter­pre­tive park ranger in the sum­mers, said she has al­ready been asked to help with the Calav­eras Big Tree State parks “Buses to Big Tree” pro­gram, which takes un­der­priv­i­leged stu­dents to the park for a day where they learn about na­ture from rangers and do­cents.

“Al­most all of these stu­dents have never been to a for­est, ever,” Cas­sel said. “Given my ex­pe­ri­ence as a park ranger, I’m very ex­cited for that.”

With 34 precincts re­port­ing as of 1:31 a.m. Wed­nes­day, chal­lenger Court­ney Porter beat chal­lengers Dave Sor­gent and Kan­wal­jeet Gill for the Lodi Uni­fied School District Board Area 4 seat, which will be va­cant after in­cum­bent Dr. Daryl Talken’s term ex­pires at the end of the year.

Porter re­ceived 2,586 votes (56.3 per­cent), Sor­gent re­ceived 1,179 votes (25.7 per­cent) and Gill re­ceived 825 votes (18.0 per­cent).

With all eight precincts re­port­ing, in­cum­bent Ron He­berle beat chal­lenger Ra­mon Yepez for the school board’s Area 5 seat.

“I’m very ap­pre­cia­tive of the vot­ers hav­ing con­fi­dence in me, and the groups that en­dorsed my run for the board,” he said on Wed­nes­day.

He­berle re­ceived 2,056 votes (76.6 per­cent), while Yepez re­ceived 630 votes (23.5 per­cent).

A re­tired fire­fighter, He­berle has rep­re­sented Area 5 since 2010. In his up­com­ing term, plans to work with his fel­low board mem­bers to re­duce the num­ber of por­ta­ble class­rooms in schools, in­crease ca­pac­i­ties at school sites to pre­vent over­crowd­ing, and ad­dress student be­hav­ior and dis­ci­pline is­sues.

“All of us are re­ally student-ori­ented and school-site-ori­ented, so I think it’s go­ing to be a smooth tran­si­tion,” he said.

With all 490 precincts re­port­ing, in­cum­bent Jerry McNer­ney, D-Stock­ton, beat chal­lenger Marla Liven­good, R-Lodi, for the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives 9th District seat.

McNer­ney re­ceived 56,188 votes (54.3 per­cent), while Liven­good re­ceived 47,316 votes (45.7 per­cent).

Mea­sure L, a pro­posed half­cent sales tax in­crease that will go into Lodi’s general fund, also passed with 6,103 votes (56.9 per­cent).

Lodi’s sales tax will in­crease from 7.75 cents per dol­lar to 8.25 cents per dol­lar when the mea­sure takes ef­fect April 1, 2019, and is ex­pected to gen­er­ate an ex­tra $5.4 mil­lion per year for the city’s general fund of ap­prox­i­mately $50 mil­lion to pay for ser­vices such as po­lice, fire, parks and the Lodi Pub­lic Li­brary.

Had Mea­sure L not passed, city of­fi­cials pro­jected ex­pen­di­tures would have be­gun to ex­ceed rev­enues by fis­cal year 2019-20, and by fis­cal year 2023-24 the city could have faced a deficit of $6 mil­lion, which would have likely forced the city to ei­ther sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce ser­vices or go bank­rupt.

Lodi City Man­ager Steve Sch­wabauer on Wed­nes­day thanked the Lo­di­ans who voted to pass Mea­sure L, say­ing that he viewed their sup­port for the mea­sure as a vote of con­fi­dence in the ser­vices the city pro­vides.

“I take that vote of con­fi­dence very se­ri­ously, as do all of the city staff, and we want to con­tinue to pro­vide the level of ser­vice that earned us that vote of con­fi­dence,” he said.

Mea­sure B — a pro­posed tax of be­tween 3.5 per­cent and 8 per­cent on com­mer­cial cannabis busi­nesses that would have ef­fec­tively le­gal­ized recre­ational cannabis busi­nesses in un­in­cor­po­rated county ar­eas — did not pass.

Mea­sure B would have needed a two-thirds ma­jor­ity— ap­prox­i­mately 67 per­cent of the votes — to pass, but only 61.5 per­cent (58,757) of county vot­ers voted “yes,” while 38.5 per­cent (36,726) voted “no.”

BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SENTINEL

Mark Chan­dler, who won re-elec­tion to the Lodi City Coun­cil, coun­cil mem­ber Doug Kuehne, run­ning un­op­posed, Michael Carouba and Jan Chan­dler check num­bers at an elec­tion re­sults view­ing party for the Mea­sure L and Mark Chan­dler cam­paigns in Lodi on Tues­day.

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