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November 26, 2020

General Election 2020: Nearly all ballots counted in Monterey County

Elections department plans to certify results by Monday

MONTEREY COUNTY — Nearly all ballots have been counted in the Nov. 3 general election as of Tuesday, announced Monterey County Elections, which is in the final stretch of the canvass period.

“My intention is to certify the results of the General Election by Monday, Nov. 23,” said Claudio Valenzuela, the county’s registrar of voters.

As of Tuesday’s latest results, the county has processed 165,888 ballots, representing an 80.17% voter turnout so far.

The deadline to receive vote-by-mail ballots that have been postmarked by Election Day is Friday, Nov. 20, which is also the cutoff point for voters to “cure” their signatures. Voters with mismatched or missing signatures have already been contacted by the elections department, Valenzuela said.

This year’s general election will determine the outcome of many South Monterey County races for school boards and city councils, as well as decide the fate of local measures for school bonds and city taxes.

The latest results for South Monterey County are:

*Currently leading
(i) Incumbent

SCHOOL BOARDS

Chualar Union School District, Governing Board Member Trustee Area 3 (Vote for 1)

ALEJANDRA FLORES — 18, 5.34%

*MARTHA GALLEGOS — 163, 48.37%

MIRIAM TRUJILLO — 156, 46.29%


Gonzales Unified School District, Governing Board Member (Vote for 2)

*CESAR AYON — 1,595, 30.32%

*CELESTE DANIEL — 1,691, 32.15%

MONICA RICO — 647, 12.30%

EDNA “VIRY” VALDEZ — 1,327, 25.23%


Greenfield Union School District, Governing Board Member (Vote for 2)

MAYRA PEREZ DIAZ (i) — 1,882, 32.21%

*SONIA MARTINEZ-HEREDIA (i) — 1,965, 33.64%

*JOSE MADRID — 1,922, 32.90%

RUBI “RUBY NARANJO” PEREZ (write-in) — 73, 1.25%


Soledad Unified School District, Governing Board Member (Vote for 3)

JESS THOMAS BARRERAS (i) — 1,409, 14.20%

*JAVIER GALVAN (i) — 2,999, 30.22%

*IVAN A. IBARRA MORA — 3,205, 32.30%

*ROBERTO OCAMPO — 2,311, 23.29%


South Monterey County Joint Union High School District, Governing Board Member, 4 Year (Vote for 2)

*DAVID GABONI (i) — 4,626, 38.85%

*IRENE G. GARCIA (i) — 3,919, 32.92%

JUERGEN B. SMITH — 3,361, 28.23%


CITY COUNCILS

City of Gonzales, Mayor (Vote for 1)

HENRY MARTINEZ JR. — 158, 6.27%

MARIA OROZCO (i) — 1,048, 41.62%

*JOSE L. RIOS — 1,312, 52.10%


City of Gonzales, Member, City Council (Vote for 1)

*SCOTT FUNK (i) — 1,840, 75.29%

HENRY MARTINEZ SR. — 604, 24.71%


City of Greenfield, Member, City Council (Vote for 2)

SILVIA CAMACHO — 1,094, 19.36%

*YANELY MARTINEZ (i) — 1,488, 26.33%

AVELINA T. TORRES — 1,243, 22.00%

*ROBERT “BOB” WHITE (i) — 1,826, 32.31%


City of King, Member, City Council District 3 (Vote for 1)

*CARLOS M. DELEÓN (i) — 435, 100%


City of King, Member, City Council District 4 (Vote for 1)

CARLOS VICTORIA (i) (write-in) — 6, 100%


City of King, Member, City Council District 5 (Vote for 1)

*ROBERT CULLEN (i) — 406, 100%


City of Soledad, Mayor (Vote for 1)

FRED J. LEDESMA (i) — 2,232, 42.81%

*ANNA M. VELAZQUEZ — 2,982, 57.19%


City of Soledad, Member, City Council (Vote for 2)

*BEN JIMENEZ JR. — 2,498, 41.18%

*CARLA STEWART (i) — 3,568, 58.82%


LOCAL MEASURES

Measure J — Gonzales Unified School District, Elementary School Construction/Technology Improvement Bond (55% Voter Approval Required)

*YES — 2,095, 61.13%

NO — 1,332, 38.87%


Measure K — Gonzales Unified School District, High School Renovation/Technology Improvement Bond (55% Voter Approval Required)

*YES — 2,209, 64.57%

NO — 1,212, 35.43%


Measure N — Soledad Unified School District, Student Technology and Teacher/Staff Housing Bond (55% Voter Approval Required)

*YES — 3,324, 62.88%

NO — 1,962, 37.12%


Measure P — City of King, King City Commercial Cannabis Tax Amendment (Majority Voter Approval Required)

*YES — 1,697, 68.54%

NO — 779, 31.46%


Measure S — City of Soledad, Soledad General Services Tax Measure (Majority Voter Approval Required)

*YES — 3,139, 61.42%

NO — 1,972, 38.58%


Measure T — City of Greenfield, Greenfield 2020 City Services Transactions and Use Tax Measure (Majority Voter Approval Required)

*YES — 2,208, 60.43%

NO — 1,446, 39.57%


Measure X — City of Gonzales, Gonzales Enhanced Quality of Life Temporary Tax Measure (Majority Voter Approval Required)

*YES — 1,315, 52.96%

NO — 1,168, 47.04%

Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers education, government and general news for King City and occasionally for the surrounding communities in South Monterey County.

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