Voters came to the polls yesterday for a variety of primary races, state & local measures. On the ballot for Emeryville voters was a crowded State Assembly seat race and a $50 million Housing Bond.
Voter turnout in the county was estimated to be less than 20% with absentee ballots still to be counted. The results from other county measures can be viewed on the ac.gov website.
15th District Assembly Seat Race
Buffy Wicks will likely face off with Dan Kalb this fall for the 15th district Assembly Seat being vacated by Tony Thurmond. Some reports have Jovanka Beckles still in the race as absentee ballots continue to be counted. Kalb leads Beckles by 182 votes according to the current Secretary of State website totals.
Kalb received the endorsement of the Sierra Club and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. Wicks received endorsements from U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.
The crowded field of 12 will be whittled down to two on the “midterm” election this fall.
Both Wicks and Kalb are residents of North Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood.
Read more insight about the race on The East Bay Times →
6/14 update: Absentee ballots totals have, Richmond Councilmember Jovanka Beckles has eclipsed Dan Kalb for the second spot on the November ballot. Kalb has reportedly conceded to Beckles.
Read more on Berkeleyside.com.
Local Measure C Housing Bond Passes
Measure C appears to have easily surpassed the 2/3 “yes” votes needed to pass amid low voter turnout. The measure holds a comfortable 71.5% lead. Measure C required a 2/3 “Yes” vote to be approved.
With absentee ballots still to be counted, only 1,358 cast their vote for the measure or roughly 20% of registered voters in our city. By comparison, 5,533 registered voters or nearly 79% participated in the 2016 presidential election. Because of our small population and low turnout, the threshold between the bond passing and failing stands at a mere 67 votes.
Emeryville’s population was last noted as 11,721 with 7,020 registered voters or roughly 60% according to the 2016 Statement of Vote provided by our Secretary of State.
City consultants EMC Research indicated a surprisingly accurate 74% favorability of a housing bond measure from the community when a feasibility survey was conducted earlier this year.
Mayor John Bauters, who spearheaded the Yes campaign, proclaimed victory via Twitter and proclaimed that “We will make a lot more housing affordable with Measure C.”
6/11 update: As absentee ballots continue to be counted, the current tally is as follows: