San Ramon Valley residents were among the voters who set the stage for federal and state runoffs in November, elected officials to countywide posts and approved a community college facilities bond measure during Tuesday's primary election.
The valley's State Senator, Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), will face retired Immigration Law Judge Tue Phan (R-Danville) in a runoff to represent the 11th Congressional District, which includes Danville.
Current officeholder U.S. Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez) is retiring after this term, his 20th in Congress.
The 11th district results were: DeSaulnier 59.1%, Phan 27.8%, El Sobrante resident Cheryl Sudduth (Democrat) 4.8%, Alameda Councilman Tony Daysog (Democrat) 3.4%, Concord refinery operator Jason Ramey (no party) 2.7% and Benicia attorney Ki Ingersol (Democrat) 2.2%.
San Ramon's congressman, U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin), finished comfortably in first place with 49.2% of the vote during the 15th Congressional District primary.
In the battle for second place, Republican Hugh Bussell edged out State Sen. Ellen Corbett (Democrat) 25.9% to 24.9%, a margin of 610 votes, according to the semi-official results posted early Wednesday morning.
Final county election results (which would include any late-arriving vote-by-mail ballots or provisional ballots) must be calculated and given to state officials by July 4. If the current results hold, Bussell would join Swalwell on the November ballot.
Republican attorney Catharine Baker topped the primary race for the 16th Assembly District, which includes San Ramon and Danville. She will face Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti, a Democrat, in November.
Baker received 36.5% of the vote, Sbranti 29.6%, Orinda Councilman Steve Glazer (Democrat) 22.5% and Danville Councilman Newell Arnerich (Democrat) 11.4%.
The quartet were competing to fill the seat currently held by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo), who is being termed out of the State Assembly.
County voters narrowly approved Measure E, which authorized the Contra Costa Community College District to issue and sell bonds up to $450 million to improve district facilities. It's the district's third facilities bond measure approved since 2002.
In total, 56.69% of voters supported the measure. It required 55% approval to pass.
Measure E funds will be used to expand and modernize the district's school facilities, which include Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa College in San Pablo, Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, and the San Ramon and Brentwood centers.
The approval of the measure doubles the annual tax Contra Costa property owners currently pay the district -- an increase to $26 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
Karen Sakata is the county's new superintendent of schools. The deputy superintendent defeated school administrator and Orinda resident Linda Delehunt 60.32% to 39.04%.
The women were vying to replace retiring Superintendent of Schools Joseph Ovick.
Auditor-Controller Robert Campbell defeated challenger Ayore Riaunda, an accountant and U.S. Navy reservist, by a count of 78.44% to 21.19%.
Five incumbents running unopposed won another term in their countywide seats: Sheriff-Coroner David Livingston, District Attorney Mark Peterson, Assessor Gus S. Kramer, Clerk-Recorder Joe Canciamilla and Treasurer-Tax Collector Russell V. Watts.
Election officials reported 19.41% of registered Contra Costa County voters cast ballots in Tuesday's election (102,514 ballots total).