Election Roundup

June 4, 2008

The big national election news was Senator Barack Obama clinching the Democratic nomination for President. Around here, though, Tuesday was the second in the Year of the Three Elections and while there were no presidential politics on our ballots, there were important state and local issues.

Candidate-wise, the primary for California’s 21st Assembly District was held as well as the primary for the United States House of Representatives 14th Congressional District. Incumbent Anna Eshoo won the 14th Congressional Democratic nod in a walk, and will face Republican Ronny Santana in the fall. In the 21st Assembly District, Republican Annalisa Yenne emerged victorious and will compete with Democrat Ira Ruskin.

Voting for three nonpartisan seats on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors was held as well. Voters in Woodside should keep in mind that the Supes vote on matters that affect us daily here in Woodside – not least is the recent struggles over the Final Environmental Impact Report on Huddart and Wunderlich Parks. Read our recent COWncil Roundups for more info on that issue.

The supervisors represent the entire County and are voted upon by the entire County, but the five seats represent different districts. Incumbent Adrienne Tissier ran unopposed for her District Five seat, while the incumbents in the other two districts had challengers. Nonetheless, the incumbents were overwhelmingly re-elected. District 1 Supervisor Mark Church won with an overwhelming 83% of the vote, while 4th District Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson pulled 68%. The Supervisor for Woodside, Richard Gordon, was not up for election this year. You can read about the money spent in those elections here.

In related news, former Supervisor Jerry Hill, who recently re-registered as a Democrat after decades of being a registered Republican, edged out his rivals Gina Papan and Richard Holober in an expensive campaign for the nod to be the Democratic candidate for the 19th District.

The only two measures on the ballot were Proposition 98 and Proposition 99, which put restrictions on government’s ability to use its eminent domain power. Eminent domain has been a hot topic ever since the Supreme Court decision a few years ago that the use of eminent domain in the redevelopment context.. Proposition 98 was much broader than 99 also would have ended rent control.. It went down to defeat while Proposition 99, which precluded the taking of a residence for transfer to a private developer passed with more than 60% of the vote. Check it out here.

Finally, there was Measure O, which would have increased San Mateo County’s sales tax by 1/8th cent in order to support County parks. The Town COWncil voted its support not too long ago (see here) and it needed a super-majority. The same thing happened again on Tuesday, with more than 60% of voters voting yes for the tax, but the measure failed to reach the 2/3rds majority required. You can read more about it here.

For future elections, you can find your polling place, view the ballot, and learn more about the candidates and the election process in San Mateo County by going to www.shapethefuture.org, which is our County’s election site, as well as www.smartvoter.org, run by the non-partisan League of Women Voters.

Check out County results here.

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