Mary Jackson and Amy Bublak are the officially Councilwomen Elect and will be seated at the Turlock City Council Meeting held on December 9, 2008 at 7pm at City Hall. City of Turlock employee and Turlock Treasurer Diana Lewis was re-elected without opposition. Measure S (sales tax increase for transportation) did not pass by about 390 votes.
22,627 out of the approximate 31,400 registered voters elected two new Turlock City Councilwomen and contributed to these other election results. While Stanislaus County reported a presidential election year voter turnout record with 70.79%, Turlock numbers came in at about 72%.
The Turlock City Council election results are as follows:
Amy Bublak was the top vote getter and elected with 25.97% (9,348 votes). Mary Jackson was elected with 25.30% (9,105 votes).
Kurt Vander Weide received 23.93% (8,612 votes), David Fransen 15.04% (5,414 votes), Jim Sarnowsky 5.59% (2,012 votes), and Jeff Anderson 3.91% (1,408 votes).
9,174 people voted for less than the two candidates, either voting strong for only one or not voting for any of the candidates. There were only 95 write-in votes.
City of Turlock Treasurer Diana Lewis was re-elected with 14,973 votes or 98.34%. Diana Lewis ran unopposed and people chose to vote for a write-in candidate 253 times. There were 7,401 people who chose not to vote at all.
Stanislaus County’s Measure S, the ½ cent sales tax increase proposal for transportation, failed by about 390 votes. Measure S did get the majority of votes as 103,306 people voted “yes” for the sales tax increase. The 66.42% did not meet the two-thirds or 66.67% needed to pass the measure. 7,390 under votes were recorded on this measure.
The Measure S campaign has until 5pm today to request a recount.
An electronic recount will cost $300 per day and paid as needed on a daily basis. A hand recount could cost about $37,500 to $93,750 and the Measure S campaign would have to pay for the recount.
Stanislaus County has not had any reports of problems with this year’s election. One recount was necessary and proved the initial electronic count 100% correct.