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Tri-Counties voters decide some major races, narrow field in others in June primary election

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Voters decided some local races and measures in the June 7 primary, and narrowed the field in a number of races for the November ballot.

KCLU's wrapup of June primary results in the Tri-Counties.

Ventura County’s Measures A, B appear to be headed to defeat

It was one of the hottest things on the ballot in the Tri-Counties, and turned out to be one of the closer races. Now, it appears that Ventura County voters have rejected Measures A and B.

The two measures were efforts to require more environmental review for new oil and gas drilling at existing facilities with old permits.

A and B apparently fell by a 53% to 47% margin. While mail-in ballots have yet to be counted, the no vote leads by around 5,000 votes. Opponents supported by the oil industry outspent supporters on advertising by about an eight-to-one margin.

Ventura County is apparently getting a new Sheriff. 

It was a race which pitted a one-term incumbent against a long-time colleague in the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.

Challenger Jim Fryhoff received 56% of the vote, to incumbent Bill Ayub’s 44%.

In Santa Barbara County, incumbent Sheriff Bill Brown appears to be set for a new term. He received 57% of the vote, to Juan Camarena’s 43%.

There were a number of county supervisorial races in the Tri-Counties.

In Ventura County, it appears that Claudia Bill de la Pena and Jeff Gorell are headed to a runoff in November for the Second District Seat. In the Fourth District, Janice Parvin will face Bernardo Perez.

In Santa Barbara County, Steve Lavagnino was unopposed, so he keeps his Fifth District Supervisorial Seat. And, Laura Capps, the daughter of longtime Congresswoman Lois Capps, was unopposed in her bid to become Santa Barbara County’s Second District Supervisor.

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will have a slightly new look as a result of the June primary election.

Second District Supervisor Bruce Gibson kept his seat, defeating three challengers with about 53% of the vote.

In the Third District, Dawn-Ortiz Legg outdistanced two challengers, getting 65% of the vote to keep her seat.

But, there is apparently going to be a change in the county’s Fourth District. Jimmy Paulding received 58% of the vote, to outdistance incumbent Lynn Compton.

Voters decide a number of county races

Voters in the region settled a number of races for county offices. In Santa Barbara County, Susan Salcido will retain her post as Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools. The preliminary numbers show she received 64% of the vote, to challenger Christy Lozano’s 396%.

Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor Joe Holland easy won reelection, with 81% of the vote.

In Ventura County, current District Attorney Eric Nasarenko apparently defeated challenger John Barrick by a 58% to 42% margin.

Michelle Ascencion was elected as Ventura County’s new Clerk-Recorder, Sue Horgan was elected as Treasurer-Tax Collector, and Keith Taylor won the Ventura County Assessor’s seat.

The June primary election set the stage for some congressional, and state assembly races this fall on the Central and South Coasts.

In the 24th Congressional District, Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara will face Republican Brad Allen. Carbajal received about 63% of the vote in the primary election, while Allen garnered around 30%.

In the 26th District, Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village will be facing Republican Matt Jacobs. Brownley received about 55% of the vote, with Jacobs garnering around 37%.

Looking at some State Assembly seats in the region, there is an interesting battle coming together for this fall in the 37th District. Current Santa Barbara County Supervisor Gregg Hart will face off against former Santa Barbara County Supervisor Mike Stoker. Hart, who is a Democrat, received 59% of the vote. Stocker, who is a Republican, came in with 38%.

In the 38th Assembly District, Democrat Steve Bennett of Ventura received 61% of the vote, to snag a spot on the November ballot. He’ll face Republican Cole Brocato, and had about 35% of the vote.

And, in the 42nd District, Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks received 56% of the vote in her reelection bid. She’ll face Republican Lori Mills in November. Mills received about 28% of the vote in the primary election.