OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS
This evening the Orange County Registrar of Voters posted the "Official Results" for the General Election conducted on November 3, 2020. I don't think there will be any changes after this evening, but will check again on Friday since I doubt anybody in the Registrars office will be working on Thanksgiving.
STATE AND NATIONAL LOCAL RACES
In the 37th State Assembly race Democrat Dave Min soundly defeated Republican John Moorlach. As a member of the minority in Sacramento Moorlach was unable to be effective. He has subsequently announced his run for the vacant Orange County Supervisor's seat created by Steel's election - a seat he held before.
NEWPORT-MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT-ERSOYLU, CRANE AND WEIGAND WIN
This election was a game-changer for this district, which has been burdened by long-term members for the past decade. In District 1 Dr. Leah Ersoylu defeated incumbent Vicki Snell. In the Area 3 race Carol Crane soundly defeated challenger Charles Kent Booker. In the Area 6 race Krista Weigand handily defeated 3 challengers. It's going to be interesting to see what a difference their presence on the board will make.
COSTA MESA RACES - FOLEY, GAMEROS, HARLAN, HARPER AND "Q" WIN
It's a mixed bag of news in the Costa Mesa races. Incumbent Mayor Katrina Foley crushed a field of four challengers, including current councilwoman and former mayor Sandra Genis and former councilwoman Wendy Leece. Foley received more votes than all the challengers combined. She has demonstrated her popularity in the past two elections. In District 2 newcomer Loren Gameros had a solid victory over challengers Ben Chapman and Gary Parkin. In District 6 Planning Commissioner Vice Chairman Jeffrey Harlan had an impressive victory over 3 challengers. However, in the District 1 race, current Mayor Pro Tem John Stephens was defeated by the dullard quitter, Don Harper by 323 votes. The presence of Jason Komala also on the ballot certainly had an impact on this race. And, Measure Q, which authorizes the sale and taxation of Marijuana in Costa Mesa, had a solid victory, gathering 65% of the votes cast.
SPECIAL DISTRICT RACES
It was a mixed result in the Costa Mesa Sanitary District races. In Division 2 30-year board member Jim Ferryman was defeated by Brett Ferryman. In the Division 4 race, long-time incumbent Art Perry crushed challenger Michelle Figeuredo-Wilson.
In the Mesa Water Division 2 race incumbent Jim Fisler defeated challenger Adam Ereth.
In the Municipal Water District of Orange County Division 4 race, Karl Steckel defeated four challengers, including Mesa Water's Stacey Taylor and lame duck councilman Allan Mansoor.
And, in the Coast Community College District Area 4 race, Mary Hornbuckle crushed Michael B. Collier by gaining 72% of the votes cast.