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The final primary election results are in for Santa Clara County

Sheriff's race heads to a November runoff, the district attorney wins another term and Valley Water's Measure A narrowly passes

Voting stations set up at the Mitchell Park voting center in Palo Alto on June 7, 2022. Photo by Miles Breen.

Santa Clara County has released the final results from the June primary election. Two candidates have been certified for a runoff this November in the pivotal race for Santa Clara County sheriff, the incumbent district attorney has won another term and board members of Santa Clara Valley Water District get a longer term limit, according to the county Registrar of Voters.

The registrar's office certified the statewide direct primary election results on July 7, in which 357,848 voters, or 35.72% out of 1,001,798 registered voters, cast ballots. The county’s turnout was slightly higher than the statewide voter turnout of 33.1%, the registrar's office said in a press release.

In the sheriff's race, retired Palo Alto police Chief Robert "Bob" Jonsen received 31.98% of the vote and retired county sheriff's Capt. Kevin Jensen closed in on his heels with 30.48%. The two will face off in the Nov. 8 general election.

Sheriff supervising Sgts. Christine Nagaye and Sean Donte Allen received 19.34% and 13.84% of votes respectively for sheriff. Anh Colton, who has been charged with perjury for misrepresenting required qualifications for the job, received 4.9%.

In other county races, incumbent District Attorney Jeff Rosen beat out his competitors by garnering 55.88% of the vote to win the majority. Former Deputy District Attorney Daniel Chung received 24.39% and Sajid Khan, a county public defender, 19.72% of the vote.

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Voters also approved Measure A, extending term limits for members of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, by a simple majority of 50.56%. The vote authorizes an amendment to the district's ordinance that increases the limit on board members to four consecutive terms (up from three). But the vote was close: 49.44% of ballots stated "no" on the measure.

The official vote canvass completes the certified counting of all qualified ballots. Any discrepancies were resolved through canvassing of official election materials and the voting system, the registrar's office said in a July 7 statement.

The office also conducted a manual tally of 1% of the total number of precincts as part of the official canvass. The official election results and detailed reports focusing on turnout by precinct, referred to as the Statement of Votes Cast, can be found by visiting the Registrar of Voters' website. The website includes the final results of seven local measures and votes for all other candidates who appeared on the ballot.

More information about elections in Santa Clara County can be found at sccvote.org or by contacting the Registrar of Voters' office at 408-299-VOTE (8683) or toll-free at 866-430-VOTE (8683).

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Correction: The article has been updated to accurately describe Measure A. It is increasing the term limit that already exists.

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The final primary election results are in for Santa Clara County

Sheriff's race heads to a November runoff, the district attorney wins another term and Valley Water's Measure A narrowly passes

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jul 15, 2022, 11:19 am

Santa Clara County has released the final results from the June primary election. Two candidates have been certified for a runoff this November in the pivotal race for Santa Clara County sheriff, the incumbent district attorney has won another term and board members of Santa Clara Valley Water District get a longer term limit, according to the county Registrar of Voters.

The registrar's office certified the statewide direct primary election results on July 7, in which 357,848 voters, or 35.72% out of 1,001,798 registered voters, cast ballots. The county’s turnout was slightly higher than the statewide voter turnout of 33.1%, the registrar's office said in a press release.

In the sheriff's race, retired Palo Alto police Chief Robert "Bob" Jonsen received 31.98% of the vote and retired county sheriff's Capt. Kevin Jensen closed in on his heels with 30.48%. The two will face off in the Nov. 8 general election.

Sheriff supervising Sgts. Christine Nagaye and Sean Donte Allen received 19.34% and 13.84% of votes respectively for sheriff. Anh Colton, who has been charged with perjury for misrepresenting required qualifications for the job, received 4.9%.

In other county races, incumbent District Attorney Jeff Rosen beat out his competitors by garnering 55.88% of the vote to win the majority. Former Deputy District Attorney Daniel Chung received 24.39% and Sajid Khan, a county public defender, 19.72% of the vote.

Voters also approved Measure A, extending term limits for members of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, by a simple majority of 50.56%. The vote authorizes an amendment to the district's ordinance that increases the limit on board members to four consecutive terms (up from three). But the vote was close: 49.44% of ballots stated "no" on the measure.

The official vote canvass completes the certified counting of all qualified ballots. Any discrepancies were resolved through canvassing of official election materials and the voting system, the registrar's office said in a July 7 statement.

The office also conducted a manual tally of 1% of the total number of precincts as part of the official canvass. The official election results and detailed reports focusing on turnout by precinct, referred to as the Statement of Votes Cast, can be found by visiting the Registrar of Voters' website. The website includes the final results of seven local measures and votes for all other candidates who appeared on the ballot.

More information about elections in Santa Clara County can be found at sccvote.org or by contacting the Registrar of Voters' office at 408-299-VOTE (8683) or toll-free at 866-430-VOTE (8683).

Correction: The article has been updated to accurately describe Measure A. It is increasing the term limit that already exists.

Comments

SallyVP
Registered user
Blossom Valley
on Jul 15, 2022 at 3:04 pm
SallyVP, Blossom Valley
Registered user
on Jul 15, 2022 at 3:04 pm

I'm disappointed that the reporter did not learn more about Measure A before writing this article. The Water board was already subject to term limits with a maximum of 3 terms. Measure A was a purposely deceptive initiative by water board members to extend their term limits to 4 terms. Unfortunately their deceptive advertising fooled not only this reporter, but a slight majority of voters, and so squeaked by. The water board members should be ashamed of themselves.


3rdMAW
Registered user
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jul 15, 2022 at 3:21 pm
3rdMAW, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 15, 2022 at 3:21 pm

Never underestimate the intelligence of the electorate. Perhaps an affirmative voter could weigh in. Term limits is a nonpartisan election reform supported by 80% of Americans.


Steven Nelson
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on Jul 16, 2022 at 2:41 pm
Steven Nelson, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Jul 16, 2022 at 2:41 pm

Mr. Gibboney(?) - executive Editor of the Voice / PA Weekly.

Please have your local edition editors withdraw this article - have the reporter read your papers' own previous reporting (and the League of Women Voters analysis)
and - give us better reporting. Please. (a subscriber)

'No June Swoon for THIS TYPE of local news' (or July either!)

ref.
from votersedge.org / LWV sponsored
"•WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS:

A YES vote is a vote to approve this amendment to Ordinance 11-01, increasing the number of terms that members of the Board may serve to four (4) successive 4 year terms (16 years total).

A NO vote is a vote to reject this amendment to Ordinance 11-01 and maintain the current term limits of three (3) successive 4 year terms (12 years total)."


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