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Election 2022: Santa Cruz County

Editor’s note: We’ve made it easy for you to keep on top of the latest numbers for all Santa Cruz County election results. Here in 40 charts are the final results.

Per Santa Cruz County Clerk Tricia Webber, 106,044 votes were cast in total.

  • Sean Maxwell and Gail Pellerin enjoying a laugh at the SEIU party in Santa Cruz.
  • Fred Keeley's supporters viewing the latest election results at an election party at Keeley's house in Santa Cruz.
  • No on O supporters smiling for the camera at the bar in Abbott Square in Santa Cruz.
  • Election-night activities at SEIU headquarters in Santa Cruz.
  • No on O headquarters.
  • Lookout's Chris Neely speaking with mayoral candidate Fred Keeley.
  • Lisa Ekstrom speaks to a room full of supporters at the Yes on Measure O party at Woodstock's Pizza in downtown Santa Cruz.
  • Sean Maxwell and Justin Cummings await results.
  • Election night gathering at Woodstock's downtown.
  • Supporters of Fred Keeley at his house in Santa Cruz.
  • Gail Pellerin is all smiles at the election party at the SEIU offices in Santa Cruz.
  • Hectar Marin speaking to supporters at the SEIU party in Santa Cruz.
  • Hector Marin speaks to roughly 30 supporters at the election party at the SEIU offices in Santa Cruz.
  • Jimmy Dutra supporters gathered at Carmona’s BBQ Deli in Watsonville on Tuesday night.
  • A book filled with legislation Fred Keeley passed during his term as Assembly speaker pro tem
  • Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson surrounded by supporters at her election party in Santa Cruz.
  • Lookout's Chris Neely sharing results with candidates Sean Maxwell and Justin Cummings.
  • Count supervisor candidate Felipe Hernandez with supporters at Jalisco in Watsonville.
  • Watching, waiting.
  • Assembly District 28 candidate Gail Pellerin greets people, including Justin Cummings, at the SEIU gathering.
  • Mayoral candidate Fred Keeley speaking with past Santa Cruz mayor Cynthia Mathews.
  • Early returns in.
  • Santa Cruz mayoral candidate Joy Schendledecker is all smiles at Woodstock's Pizza.
  • Ballots at the Santa Cruz County Clerk's office on Election Day

Santa Cruz County Supervisor races

Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson officially conceded the District 3 supervisor race Nov. 21. Tuesday’s vote count showed Justin Cummings having received 10,359 votes, or 51.08% of the 22,044 votes counted. Kalantari-Johnson received 9,754 votes.

In District 4, Felipe Hernandez maintained his lead over Jimmy Dutra with 5,442 votes — 57% of the 9,960 votes cast.

City of Santa Cruz races

In the race for Santa Cruz mayor, Fred Keeley secured victory over Joy Schendledecker, receiving 16,215 votes. That’s 70% of the 25,058 votes cast.

In Santa Cruz’s first city council district election, Scott Newsome maintained his lead in District 4, with 1,710 votes, or 50% of the 3,927 votes cast.

In District 6, Renée Golder secured victory over Sean Maxwell with 2,246 votes, or 57% of the 4,302 votes counted.

City of Santa Cruz measures

Measure N — the empty home tax — has failed. The “no” option had received 13,130 votes, or 54% of the 25,058 total votes cast.

Meanwhile, results showed Measure O lost by a nearly 20-point margin in the battle to decide the fate of a downtown library/mixed-use project. Of the 25,058 votes cast, the no side had racked up 14,174, or 59%. Had it passed, Measure O would have paved the way for a new town square on a parking lot known as Lot 4, and renovate the current library rather than building a new one.

Measure P, the city of Santa Cruz transient occupancy tax hike, passed easily. It received 19,437 votes, or 80% of the total votes cast.

City of Watsonville measures

In a battle over Watsonville’s urban boundaries, Measure Q maintained a big lead, with the yes side receiving 5,757 votes, or 67% of 8,982 votes cast. Q would restrict development to within the existing city limits.

Measure S, which asked voters to allow the city council the flexibility to annex adjacent farmland for development in the future, has regained the lead. Voters cast 4,286 votes in favor of Measure S, or 50.06% of total votes.

Q and S were competing measures; with both passing, the one with the greater number of votes goes forward — and that’s Measure Q.

School measures

Measures K and L both passed easily. Voters strongly supported K, a bond measure to raise money for Santa Cruz City High Schools. The yes side received 33,156 votes, or 66% of ballots counted. Voters also appeared to support L, a bond measure to raise money for the city’s elementary schools. The yes side received 17,856 votes, or 71% of ballots cast. The school measures require a 55% approval.

California State Assembly races

In District 28, Democratic candidate and longtime Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin defeated Republican opponent Liz Lawler, having received 41,682 votes, or 78% of total votes cast in Santa Cruz County, which is about 30% of the total district.

In District 29, Democratic incumbent and State Assembly Speaker-elect Robert Rivas easily defeated Republican challenger Stephanie Castro, with 10,688 votes received, or 72% of the 15,224 votes cast. District 29 includes parts of Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.

District 30 shows Democratic candidate Dawn Addis securing a victory over Republican opponent Vicki Nohrden. She received 25,549 votes, or 75% of total votes cast in Santa Cruz County, which is about 20% of the total district.

All of the Assembly votes below are Santa Cruz County votes only. The full multicounty tabulations, also still in progress, can be viewed here: https://electionresults.sos.ca.gov/contests/district/state-assembly.

Water district races

Five candidates are competing for three director’s spots on the Soquel Creek Water District, and the incumbents have won the race. Those incumbents — Carla C. Christensen, Rachél Lather and Bruce Jaffe — won, with 10,203, 11,432 and 11,833 votes, respectively, out of 19,690 cast so far. That puts Christensen at 24%, Lather at 27%, and Jaffe at 28% of tallied ballots.

Pajaro Valley Health Care District race

For this fledgling new body, Joe Gallagher (40%) led over incumbents Marcus Pimentel (31%) and Jasmine Najera (27%), with 21,131 votes cast. Gallagher and Pimentel will take seats on the five-member board.

Capitola City Council

Scotts Valley City Council

Watsonville City Council

Boulder Creek measures

School board races

Fire protection district races

Port district races

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