Wednesday’s vote tally for all 40 Santa Cruz County races, broken down

Ballots piled up at the Santa Cruz County Clerk's office.
(Kevin Painchaud / Lookout Santa Cruz)

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 latest results.

The next round of results is expected Tuesday, November 29 at 4 p.m.

Per Santa Cruz County Clerk Tricia Webber, 105,731 votes had been counted as of Wednesday afternoon.

Santa Cruz County Supervisor races

Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson officially conceded the District 3 supervisor race on Monday. Wednesday’s vote count showed Justin Cummings having received 10,290 votes, or 50.99% of the 21,938 votes counted. Kalantari-Johnson has received 9,727 votes.

In District 4, Felipe Hernandez maintained his lead over Jimmy Dutra with 5,420 votes — 57% of 9,927 votes counted so far.

City of Santa Cruz races

In the race for Santa Cruz mayor, Fred Keeley maintained an apparently insurmountable lead over Joy Schendledecker, receiving 16,171 votes. That’s 70% of the 24,954 votes counted.

In Santa Cruz’s first city council district election, Scott Newsome maintained a lead in District 4, with 1,709 votes, or 50% of the 3,919 votes counted.

In District 6, Renée Golder has a large lead over Sean Maxwell with 2,238 votes, or 57% of the 4,281 votes counted.

City of Santa Cruz measures

Measure N — the empty home tax — remained far behind. The “no” option had received 13,107 votes, or 54% of the 24,954 total votes counted.

Meanwhile, results showed Measure O losing by a nearly 20-point margin in the battle to decide the fate of a downtown library/mixed-use project. Of the 24,954 votes counted so far, the no side had racked up 14,138, 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, is well on its way to passing. It has received 19,354 votes, or 80% of the total votes counted.

City of Watsonville measures

In a battle over Watsonville’s urban boundaries, Measure Q maintained a big lead, with the yes side receiving 5,739 votes, or 67% of 8,934 votes counted so far. 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 have cast 4,271 votes in favor of Measure S, or 50.04% of total votes.

Q and S are competing measures, and only one of them can win. At this point, Q appears headed for victory.

School measures

Measures K and L maintained strong leads. Voters have strongly supported K, a bond measure to raise money for Santa Cruz City High Schools. The yes side received 33,027 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 17,776 votes, or 71% of ballots counted. The school measures require a 55% approval.

California State Assembly races

In District 28, Democratic candidate and longtime Santa Cruz County Clerk Gail Pellerin is approaching victory over Republican opponent Liz Lawler, having received 41,544 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 is well ahead of Republican challenger Stephanie Castro, with 10,663 votes received, or 72% of the 15,181 votes counted. District 29 includes parts of Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.

District 30 shows Democratic candidate Dawn Addis approaching a likely victory over Republican opponent Vicki Nohrden. She has received 25,495 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:

Water district races

Five candidates are competing for three director’s spots on the Soquel Creek Water District, and the incumbents appear poised for victory. Those incumbents — Carla C. Christensen, Rachél Lather and Bruce Jaffe — are ahead, with 10,187, 11,410 and 11,814 votes, respectively, out of 19,626 counted 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 21,073 votes cast. The top two vote-getters take the seats of 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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