(Late) Weekend Open Thread: The Close Downballot Races


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From a Wired Magazine story on photo finishes.  This is from the 200-meters in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  Downballot photo finishes take longer to develop.

Here are the downballot races that are still close.  I haven’t looked at trends, just the static numbers from Saturday’s OC ROV report.  In each race, the name in orange is currently barely in and the one in magenta is currently barely out.  (I’m somewhat arbitrarily and selectively drawing the line right around “under 6%.”)

If you know anything interesting about these races and why we should care about them, please speak up!

LAGUNA BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 31 of 31
Vote Count Percentage
* CAROL NORMANDIN 5,386 22.0%
* DEE NAMBA PERRY 5,237 21.4%
JAMES J. KELLY 5,063 20.7%
CHRISTINE DE BRETTEVILLE 4,972 20.3%
MARK NELSON 3,145 12.8%
HOWARD HILLS (W) 706 2.9%
LOS ALAMITOS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 35 of 35
Vote Count Percentage
MARLYS DAVIDSON 9,737 26.4%
* DIANA D. HILL 9,054 24.5%
* JEFFREY I. BARKE 9,048 24.5%
OLAINA ANDERSON 6,442 17.5%
CONNOR SWAN SMITH 2,602 7.1%
NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 2
Completed Precincts: 11 of 11
Vote Count Percentage
* CHARLENE METOYER 3,904 52.7%
MICHELLE MURPHY 3,500 47.3%
ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 5
Completed Precincts: 198 of 198
Vote Count Percentage
KRIS ERICKSON 32,063 52.6%
* TIMOTHY L. “TIM” SURRIDGE 28,878 47.4%
SADDLEBACK VALLEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 128 of 128
Vote Count Percentage
BARBARA SCHULMAN 37,020 32.5%
GREG KUNATH 26,876 23.6%
DAN WALSH 25,657 22.5%
* DENNIS P WALSH 24,527 21.5%
FULLERTON JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 1
Completed Precincts: 9 of 9
Vote Count Percentage
REGINA CUADRA 3,912 50.4%
CHESTER JENG 3,852 49.6%
FULLERTON JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 4
Completed Precincts: 28 of 28
Vote Count Percentage
LAUREN KLATZKER 4,907 35.8%
CHRIS THOMPSON 4,363 31.8%
MIKE OATES 3,949 28.8%
NATHAN VESTRI 500 3.6%
ANAHEIM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 2
Completed Precincts: 11 of 11
Vote Count Percentage
JUAN GABRIEL ALVAREZ 2,988 50.6%
* JEFF COLE 2,920 49.4%
BUENA PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 1
Completed Precincts: 3 of 3
Vote Count Percentage
RHODIA SHEAD 748 52.8%
JOE PAK 668 47.2%
FULLERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 4
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
* JANICE CATLIN MEYER 3,819 52.8%
SHANA CHARLES 3,409 47.2%
HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 37 of 37
Vote Count Percentage
* PAUL R. MORROW 16,421 25.8%
DIANA MARKS 13,439 21.1%
* SHARI KOWALKE 12,692 19.9%
JENNIFER HAYDEN 12,320 19.3%
KARRIE BURROUGHS 8,835 13.9%
OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 41 of 41
Vote Count Percentage
* PATRICIA SINGER 16,726 24.7%
* JOHN BRISCOE 14,666 21.6%
* JACK C. SOUDERS 14,414 21.3%
GRACEY VAN DER MARK 11,776 17.4%
KATE HOLMES 10,170 15.0%
County Supervisor, 4th District
Completed Precincts: 276 of 276
Vote Count Percentage
DOUG CHAFFEE 68,776 50.1%
TIM SHAW 68,510 49.9%
CITY OF ANAHEIM Mayor
Completed Precincts: 129 of 129
Vote Count Percentage
HARRY SIDHU 24,355 33.8%
ASHLEIGH AITKEN 22,811 31.7%
LORRI GALLOWAY 10,718 14.9%
CYNTHIA WARD 6,396 8.9%
H. FUJI SHIOURA 2,490 3.5%
ROBERT WILLIAMS 2,322 3.2%
RUDY GAONA 1,970 2.7%
TONY D. MARTIN 975 1.4%
CITY OF BREA Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 25 of 25
Vote Count Percentage
* CECILIA HUPP 9,226 24.0%
* STEVEN VARGAS 7,316 19.0%
* GLENN G. PARKER 6,587 17.1%
STEVE SHATYNSKI 5,523 14.4%
BILL R. HALL 4,827 12.6%
BLAKE PEREZ 2,834 7.4%
SEAN THOMAS 2,110 5.5%
CITY OF BUENA PARK Member, City Council, District 1
Completed Precincts: 8 of 8
Vote Count Percentage
SUNNY YOUNGSUN PARK 1,415 34.7%
* VIRGINIA VAUGHN 1,412 34.6%
W. “VAL” SADOWINSKI 1,256 30.8%

YOW!

CITY OF BUENA PARK Member, City Council, District 2
Completed Precincts: 10 of 10
Vote Count Percentage
* ELIZABETH “BETH” SWIFT 967 38.8%
IAN J. MACDONALD 849 34.1%
JAE CHUNG 674 27.1%
CITY OF CYPRESS Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 21 of 21
Vote Count Percentage
* JON PEAT 8,206 22.1%
* STACY BERRY 7,675 20.7%
* PAULO MORALES 6,845 18.4%
FRANCES MARQUEZ 5,598 15.1%
STEVEN D. BRADLEY 4,951 13.3%
NETTIE BRYAN 3,854 10.4%
CITY OF FOUNTAIN VALLEY Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 25 of 25
Vote Count Percentage
* MICHAEL VO 8,252 16.5%
PATRICK HARPER 7,876 15.7%
KIM CONSTANTINE 7,453 14.9%
GLENN GRANDIS 6,440 12.8%
TOM NGUYEN 5,782 11.5%
DAVE OSBORN 5,320 10.6%
PATRICK TUCKER 5,284 10.5%
TAM (NICK) LECONG 3,752 7.5%
CITY OF FULLERTON Member, City Council, District 5
Completed Precincts: 14 of 14
Vote Count Percentage
AHMAD ZAHRA 1,929 33.8%
VICKI CALHOUN 1,608 28.2%
JOHNNY YBARRA 1,180 20.7%
PAULETTE MARSHALL CHAFFEE 655 11.5%
SABRINA NARAIN
CITY OF GARDEN GROVE Member, City Council, District 4
Completed Precincts: 9 of 9
Vote Count Percentage
* PHAT BUI 2,453 40.4%
MARK ANTHONY PAREDES 2,050 33.7%
JOE DOVINH 1,575 25.9%
CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 4
Completed Precincts: 82 of 82
Vote Count Percentage
* MIKE POSEY 31,443 13.1%
* BARBARA DELGLEIZE 26,667 11.1%
KIM CARR 25,633 10.7%
* ERIK PETERSON 24,265 10.1%
RON STERUD 19,183 8.0%
* WILLIAM “BILLY” O’CONNELL 18,881 7.9%
SHAYNA LATHUS 17,171 7.2%
DAN KALMICK 14,487 6.0%
BRIAN BURLEY 12,659 5.3%
KC FOCKLER 11,380 4.8%
MICHAEL H. SIMONS 9,549 4.0%
DARREN ELLIS 8,844 3.7%
DON “DK” KENNEDY 6,605 2.8%
AMORY HANSON 6,496 2.7%
CHARLES “C.J.” RAY 6,222 2.6%
CITY OF IRVINE Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 91 of 91
Vote Count Percentage
FARRAH N. KHAN 21,217 15.4%
ANTHONY KUO 19,899 14.4%
CARRIE O’MALLEY 18,262 13.2%
LAUREN JOHNSON-NORRIS 15,974 11.6%
KEV ABAZAJIAN 15,404 11.2%
FRANK MCGILL 11,632 8.4%
JACI WOODS 9,441 6.8%
MARK NEWGENT 7,345 5.3%
JOHN PARK 6,185 4.5%
GANG CHEN 5,292 3.8%
LIQING LEE SUN 4,939 3.6%
DAVID CHEY 2,267 1.6%
CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 16 of 16
Vote Count Percentage
* TONI ISEMAN 4,379 14.7%
PETER BLAKE 4,351 14.6%
SUE KEMPF 4,089 13.7%
ANN CHRISTOPH 3,837 12.9%
CHERYL KINSMAN 3,698 12.4%
JUDIE MANCUSO 2,510 8.4%
* ROBERT “ROB” ZUR SCHMIEDE 2,029 6.8%
PAUL MERRITT 1,857 6.2%
LORENE LAGUNA 1,253 4.2%
SUE MARIE CONNOLLY 604 2.0%
ALLISON T. MATHEWS 477 1.6%
ELIZABETH “LIZ” BATES 464 1.6%
JORG DUBIN (W) 230 0.8%
CITY OF LAGUNA WOODS Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 11 of 11
Vote Count Percentage
* CAROL MOORE 5,252 35.3%
* JOE RAINEY 4,868 32.7%
JUDITH P. TROUTMAN 4,772 32.0%
CITY OF LOS ALAMITOS Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 4
Completed Precincts: 9 of 9
Vote Count Percentage
MARK CHIRCO 2,240 20.8%
* SHELLEY HASSELBRINK 2,175 20.2%
* WARREN KUSUMOTO 1,885 17.5%
DEAN GROSE 1,799 16.7%
TANYA DOBY 1,526 14.2%
GISELE “GIGI” FINCH 1,121 10.4%
CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH Member, City Council, District 3
Completed Precincts: 76 of 76
Vote Count Percentage
TIM STOAKS 16,832 50.5%
* MARSHALL “DUFFY” DUFFIELD 16,486 49.5%
CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 28 of 28
Vote Count Percentage
DAN BANE 11,292 16.5%
LAURA FERGUSON 8,152 11.9%
* KATHY WARD 7,494 10.9%
GENE W. JAMES 6,953 10.1%
WAYNE EGGLESTON 5,557 8.1%
BERNIE WOHLFARTH 5,477 8.0%
JACKSON HINKLE 5,353 7.8%
JAKE RYBCZYK 4,936 7.2%
DON BROWN 4,874 7.1%
MIKII RATHMANN 3,642 5.3%
ED WARD 3,002 4.4%
TIFFANY JOY ROBSON LEET 1,866 2.7%
CITY OF SANTA ANA Mayor
Completed Precincts: 78 of 78
Vote Count Percentage
* MIGUEL A. PULIDO 25,132 50.9%
SAL TINAJERO 24,241 49.1%
CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 6
Completed Precincts: 78 of 78
Vote Count Percentage
CECILIA “CECI” IGLESIAS 18,553 39.0%
NELIDA MENDOZA 16,159 34.0%
MIRNA VELASQUEZ 12,867 27.0%
CITY OF VILLA PARK Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 6 of 6
Vote Count Percentage
CRYSTAL K. MILES 2,082 29.5%
CHAD ZIMMERMAN 1,975 28.0%
* ROBERT COLLACOTT 1,599 22.7%
* DIANA C. FASCENELLI 1,394 19.8%
CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City Council
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 34 of 34
Vote Count Percentage
TAI DO 7,289 17.0%
CHI CHARLIE NGUYEN 7,213 16.8%
JAMISON POWER 6,256 14.6%
AMY WEST 5,252 12.2%
ANITA A. RICE 5,094 11.9%
FRANCES THE-THUY NGUYEN 3,605 8.4%
ANDY QUACH 2,089 4.9%
SAMANTHA BAO ANH NGUYEN 1,904 4.4%
MARK LAWRENCE 1,896 4.4%
KHAI DAO 1,239 2.9%
JASON GRAY 536 1.2%
RANDY YOUNG 383 0.9%
VISUAL WILLIAM 210 0.5%
CAPISTRANO BAY COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT Director
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 1 of 1
Vote Count Percentage
* MIKE HAACK 46 25.7%
ARDESHIR IRANI 37 20.7%
PATRICK MC NULTY 28 15.6%
CHARLOTTE M. BLOOM 24 13.4%
ROBERT H. BANCROFT 23 12.8%
* KURTIS BREEDING 21 11.7%
MIDWAY CITY SANITARY DISTRICT Director
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 41 of 41
Vote Count Percentage
ANDREW NGUYEN 12,806 23.5%
SERGIO CONTRERAS 12,421 22.8%
* MARGIE L. RICE 12,317 22.6%
* FRANK COBO 10,628 19.5%
ANDY QUACH 6,298 11.6%
EL TORO WATER DISTRICT Director
Number To Vote For: 2
Completed Precincts: 30 of 30
Vote Count Percentage
* KATHRYN FRESHLEY 11,141 39.0%
MIKE GASKINS 8,985 31.5%
* FREDERICK J. ADJARIAN 8,405 29.5%
IRVINE RANCH WATER DISTRICT Director
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 246 of 246
Vote Count Percentage
* DOUG REINHART 61,470 26.0%
* STEVE LAMAR 59,881 25.4%
* PEER A. SWAN 50,777 21.5%
ANDREW R. POLLARD 48,419 20.5%
RICHARD A. VANZINI 15,427 6.5%
MOULTON NIGUEL WATER DISTRICT Director
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 86 of 86
Vote Count Percentage
KELLY JENNINGS 29,341 24.0%
* DONALD R. FROELICH 27,765 22.7%
WILLIAM “BILL” MOORHEAD 23,292 19.1%
KEN MADDOX 21,872 17.9%
JOEL BISHOP 10,584 8.7%
SHERRY WANNINGER 9,232 7.6%
5-CHANGES REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN PROPERTY OWNERS TO TRANSFER THEIR PROPERTY TAX BASE
Completed Precincts: 1546 of 1546
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 471,991 50.0%
No 472,049 50.0%

Not significant, as it’s a statewide vote — just interesting.

J-City of Anaheim, Referendum Measure Agreement No. 2016-00001
Completed Precincts: 129 of 129
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 37,781 52.6%
No 34,017 47.4%
K-City of Anaheim, Referendum Measure Agreement No. 2016-00002
Completed Precincts: 129 of 129
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 37,834 52.7%
No 33,966 47.3%
L-City of Anaheim, Initiative Ordinance to Increase Minimum Wage
Completed Precincts: 129 of 129
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 38,926 52.8%
No 34,807 47.2%

 


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)