Election Results Show Zane Wins, Measure D Passes Narrowly

Tabulation of votes gives School District Measure solid support, with 66.9% of the vote, 66.7% required for passage

Voters in Sonoma County re-elected two supervisors and selected two Santa Rosa City Council members to square off in November for a third seat on the board, according to unofficial results from Tuesday's election.

District 3 Supervisor Shirlee Zane handily defeated her challenger, former Rohnert Park Councilman Tim Smith, whom she also bested in the 2008 election. Zane won with nearly 63 percent of the vote.

She said the results show that the district's voters support her leadership on pension reform and that she will continue to take the lead in those efforts. "I am honored and grateful to the district's constituency for their vote of support," Zane said.

Smith said during his campaign that Zane and the other supervisors had not gone far enough in tackling pension reform. He was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.

All county school board measures were also ahead, most of them over the 55% level required for passage. Measure D, affecting Rohnert Park - Cotati, was ahead by about a 2/1 margin, 66.9% YES to 33.1% NO, just above the 66.7% required for passage.

In Sonoma County voting, Rep. Mike Thompson was well ahead of Randy Loflin in the 5th Congressional District, 73% to 15%, while in the hotly contested 2nd Congressional district had Jared Hufmann in first with 37% and fellow Democrat Norman Solomon moving into second place with 15.4%, just ahead of Republican candidate Daniel Roberts with 14/6% .

Solomon also finished in second in Marin County, but the total vote for the position throughout the Congressional Distict, which extends north to the Oregon border, is expected to produce a run-off between the Democratic candidate Huffman and the Republican Roberts.

Complete results from the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters show as follows:

24 of 24 precincts reporting
YES 5,545 (66.9%)
NO 2,748 (33.1%)

SUPERVISOR-DISTRICT 3 (One to be elected)
47 of 47 precincts reporting
Tim Smith 4864
Shirlee Zane (i) 8339

The Sonoma County Registrar of Voters has results page at their website here.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

Tom June 08, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Thank You for your service Redd.
Tom June 08, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Thank you for your service Pat.
Pat Comstock June 08, 2012 at 05:16 AM
"When was the last time you were thanked for paying taxes by someone who was spending them?" That's an excellent, thought-provoking question, Tom. Can't imagine someone working in the public sector actually expressing job appreciation in that manner. I'll ask a few if it ever occurred to them to thank a taxpayer for their paycheck. I'm guessing some will say that they pay taxes, too. But most will probably get huffy and tell how hard they work, and that I should be thanking them for their service. It's a very interesting question indeed. Perhaps Mr. Kallen might agree that it's a question worthy of some form of homepage address to Patch readers.
Tom June 08, 2012 at 05:30 AM
Yes, SooQue, I am a home owner and a taxpayer....and I vote too! I pay the 1.25% property tax like everyone here that owns their homes, and the 8.5% sales tax and all the other taxes from my paycheck, and gas tax, energy taxes and fees....etc The question is "Where does it all go and Why do they need more?" Being that it's my money! I have the right to ask the questions and question those spending my money!
Tom June 08, 2012 at 06:26 AM
pdf...I thank my Boss every chance I get for my job. It affords me to keep my house and pay my bills, and pay my taxes....and with what's left over I try to save for hard times. What a concept, save for hard times and living within my budget...it will be great when others do the same.


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