ANTELOPE VALLEY – Local voters took to the polls Tuesday for the 2014 General Election, and here are the final numbers for races and issues of interest to Antelope Valley constituents:
Semi-official election results for the 23rd Congressional District race, which covers most of Kern County and part of the Antelope Valley, placed Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, ahead with a final tally of 78,716 votes (75.3 percent), leaving challenger Democrat Raul Garcia, a write-in candidate in the June primary, with 25,785 votes (24.7 percent).
Rep. McCarthy issued a statement via Facebook Tuesday night, saying the voters gave him the continued opportunity to serve and represent the community in Congress. “Our community embodies the values that make our nation great – hard work, personal initiative, and creative ingenuity,” McCarthy stated. “I will continue to bring these qualities to the job everyday as we work to achieve solutions that bring water to our communities, greater job growth, and a reduced burden from the growing hand of the federal government.”
Semi-official election results for the race for U.S. House of Representatives District 25 showed that state Sen. Steve Knight, R-Palmdale prevailed at 46,610 votes (53.5 percent) over former GOP state lawmaker Tony Strickland, who received 40,491 votes (46.5 percent). Both Republican candidates competed to succeed longtime Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, in the 25th Congressional District, which includes much of the Antelope Valley and parts Ventura County and the Santa Clarita Valley.
The 36th State Assembly District seat changed hands with Palmdale Mayor Pro Tem Tom Lackey, a Republican, winning at 33,094 votes (61.5 percent) compared to 20,724 (38.5 percent) received by Assemblyman Steve Fox. In 2012, Assemblyman Fox was the first Democrat elected to that state Assembly seat from the Antelope Valley since the 1970s.
In the Los Angeles County Sheriff race, Jim McDonnell received 703,662 votes (74.8 percent), beating Paul Tanaka early in the race, who only received 236,665 votes (25.2 percent).
McDonnell posted a statement via his campaign website saying, “We went into the election feeling optimistic, but our expectations were more than exceeded when it was reported that – even with seven candidates in the race – the voters supported our campaign with over 49 percent of the vote!” McDonnell also said that LA area voters have expressed a clear desire for change, noting, “The time has come to restore and rebuild the community’s relationships with our Sheriff’s Department and for new leadership to bring pride back to this great institution.”
And State Board of Equalization member George Runner (1st District), a Republican, held on to his post with 71,894 votes (52.1 percent), beating Democrat Chris Parker, who received 66,069 votes (47.9 percent).
The race for two seats on the board of directors for the Antelope Valley Health Care District, which manages Antelope Valley Hospital, showed the top two winners to be Mukund Shah at 26,071 votes (42.7 percent) and Don V. Parazo at 19,010 votes (31.2 percent). Michael P. Rives came in at 11,049 votes (18.1 percent) with Roe Leer receiving 4,879 (8 percent) of the votes.
And final results for the Antelope Valley East Kern Water Board of Directors Division 1, showed that Shelley Sorsabal took the race with 1,948 votes (54.3 percent) over Charlie O’Loughlin who received 1,634 (45.6 percent).
Measure P, which would have imposed an annual $23 parcel tax to pay for parks and other facilities, had a 62 percent “yes” vote against 37 percent “no” Wednesday afternoon. The measure needed a two-thirds vote, or 66.7 percent, to prevail.
2014 election results of statewide interest
Final numbers from the California Secretary of State in the Governor’s race showed Gov. Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown decisively beat Republican Neel Kashkari 3,049,385 votes (58.7 percent) to 2,147,271 (41.3 percent). The numbers slightly favored Gov. Brown in votes from Los Angeles County, showing that 732,606 voters (66.3 percent) had cast a ballot for Brown, while 372,745 (33.7 percent) voted for challenger Kashkari.
Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, held onto his post as Lieutenant Governor, receiving 2,856,458 votes (55.9 percent), keeping a solid lead over Republican Ron Nehring, who received 2,250,038 (44.1 percent).
In the Secretary of State race, Democrat Alex Padilla received 2,647,758 votes (52.5 percent), beating Republican Pete Peterson, who received 2,396,986 votes (47.5 percent).
The race for state Controller was wrapped up by Democrat Betty T. Yee, who received 2,650,965 votes (52.8 percent) over Republican Ashley Swearengin, receiving 2,374,530 votes (47.2 percent).
Democrat John Chiang will remain the state’s Treasurer, having received 2,914,904 votes (57.7 percent), as Republican challenger Greg Conlon came up short with 2,140,404 votes (42.3 percent).
Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, a Democrat, held on to her seat as the state’s Top Cop, receiving 2,858,461 votes (56.3 percent), beating Republican challenger Ronald Gold who received 2,222,395 votes (43.7 percent).
For the Insurance Commissioner race, incumbent Dave Jones, a Democrat, received 2,817,654 votes (56.3 percent), while Republican Ted Gaines received 2,186,799 votes (43.7 percent).
State ballot measures approved by voters:
- 1 – Funding Water Quality, Supply, Treatment, Storage: 3,378,826 yes votes (66.8 percent), 1,681,733 no votes (33.2 percent).
- 2 – State Budget Stabilization Account: 3,421,992 yes votes (68.7 percent), and 1,557,990 no votes (31.3 percent).
- 47 – Criminal Sentences, Misdemeanor Penalties: 2,955,206 yes votes (58.5 percent), and 2,100,278 no votes (41.5 percent).
State ballot measures rejected by voters:
- 45 – Healthcare Insurance Rate Changes: 2,032,272 yes votes (40.2 percent), and 3,024,584 no votes (59.8 percent).
- 46 – Doctor Drug Testing, Medical Negligence: 1,671,163 yes votes (32.9 percent), and 3,415,996 no votes (67.1 percent).
- 48 – Indian Gaming Compacts Referendum: 1,929,202 yes votes (39.1 percent), and 3,009,380 no votes (60.9 percent).
According to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk, 1.1 million voters (25 percent) out of 4.5 million registered turned out at the polls to cast their ballot – with 325,421 people choosing to vote by mail.