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Newsfront - June 6, 2008

Measure D fails; Supervisor Piepho gets another term

Buchanan to face Wilson in November for Assembly District 15

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli and Meghan Neal

Measure D supporters were glum as Superintendent Rob Kessler spoke to them Tuesday night shortly after 9 p.m., thanking them for their efforts. Absentee ballots and early returns showed the parcel school tax was receiving 58 percent support when it needed 66 percent to pass.

At his side were Trustee Rachel Hurd and Nancy Vandell, who led the fight for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

"We're going to pick ourselves up and try again," Hurd told the crowd as they fought back tears, standing around a table of largely untouched treats.

A computer in the Bishop Ranch "Yes on D" office projected the results on one wall, while Hurd and other volunteers kept tabs with a black pen on another as the tallies came in. When all precincts had reported, Measure D received 62.59 percent.

"There was a tremendous outpouring of volunteer effort," said Vandell.

Computers also were in action across the courtyard at the "Joan Buchanan for Assembly" headquarters as family and friends stopped by to congratulate Buchanan on her two-to-one lead over opponent Ted Ford for the Democratic nomination for the 15th Assembly District race in November.

School board member Buchanan, an Alamo resident, will now face San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson in the November election. Wilson clinched the Republican nomination with 36.78 percent of the vote against opponents Robert Rao (29.89); Judy Lloyd (21.70); and Scott Kamena (11.34).

Though the race for District 3 Contra Costa County Supervisor was relatively close, incumbent Mary N. Piepho beat out State Assemblyman Guy Houston with 53.15 percent of the vote.

Piepho surpassed the 51 percent needed to secure the election, preventing the race continuing into November. Houston received 45.25 percent of the vote, and write-in candidate Stevan Thomas received 1.61 percent.

Voter turnout Tuesday was low countywide; 29 percent of roughly 491,000 registered voters in the county showed up at the polls. That number was as high as 67 percent during the presidential primary in February and was 38 percent during the last primary election in June 2006.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Danville
on Jun 14, 2008 at 10:59 am

Of course Piepho won. With all the local newspapers and developers supporting her and at least two Piepho political signs for every Houston sign how could she possibly not have won? I think that the Piepho campaign is taking advantage of the political naivety of many of the people in her county district. Also, now that Piepho is back I wouldn't be surprised if county spending and debt goes over the roof and development, including development outside of the Urban Limit Line, continues to rise rapidly.

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Posted by informed resident
a resident of another community
on Jun 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm

How could you even try make those comments? For one, I saw two Houston signs for every one Piepho sign. Most of the Houston signs were posted directly infront of the Piepho signs to block them from view. Actually that says about what kind of childish campaign guy Houston ran.

This election had one of the lowest turnout of voters which indicates mostly informed voters went to the ballot box.

Piepho is the supervisor who actually turned around the county's run away spending. It was with her on the board, that the county began to actually put money into reserves and did not spend more than it was taking in.

Where are you getting your facts, from the defeated Houston campaign?

Check the facts, Piepho has approved less homes (if any) than any other supervisor in years. Certainly far less than Houston!

What is wrong with getting newspaper endorsements anyway? Piepho clearly was the better candidate all around the board.

The race is over, so you can quit slinging mud.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Danville
on Jun 17, 2008 at 4:14 pm

Great points informed resident.

And why am I STILL seeing Houston signs out and about?! He needs to clean up his garbage!