Jones closing in on Supervisor Gibson, latest SLO County election results

November 16, 2022

Dr. Bruce Jones

By KAREN VELIE

Dr. Bruce Jones is closing in on San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Bruce Gibson in the District 2 supervisor race, with the two now now separated by 781 votes, according to election results released Wednesday.

At stake is control over the five member board of supervisors. Gibson, a Democrat, is battling Jones, a Republican, for the board majority.

The San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder’s Office tallied 20,000 ballots on Wednesday, which changed a winner in the Templeton Unified School District race,  Matt Allison overtook Jennifer Grinager, and is now ahead by 115 votes.

With many ballots uncounted, it is still too early to call multiple San Luis Obispo County races. The clerk-recorder’s office has tallied 91,696 ballots, while 27,940 remain uncounted.

Local election results as of Friday afternoon:

SLO County District 2 Supervisor

  • Bruce Gibson – 52.08%
  • Bruce Jones – 47.92%

Arroyo Grande Mayor

  • Caren Ray Russom – 64.86%
  • Gaea Powell – 25.34%
  • Dale Hanson – 9.79%

Arroyo Grande City Council District 4

  • James Guthrie – 64.81%
  • Ben Franco – 35.19%

Atascadero City Council, two seats

  • Heather Newsom – 43.44%
  • Susan Funk – 43.15
  • Bret Heinemann – 13.41%

Grover Beach Mayor

  • Karen Bright – 54.19%
  • Stacy Korsgaden – 45.81%

Grover Beach City Council

  • Daniel Rushing – 58.32%
  • Ron Arnoldsen – 41.68%

Morro Bay Mayor

  • Carla Wixom – 58.38%
  • John Heading – 41.62%

Morro Bay City Council, two seats

  • Robin “Zara” Landrum – 25.02%
  • Cyndee Edwards – 21.98%
  • Sarah Smith Robinson – 20.76%
  • Casey Cordes – 18.38%
  • David Duringer – 13.86%

Paso Robles Mayor

  • Steve Martin – 57.45%
  • Michael Rivera – 42.55%

Pismo Beach City Council, two seats

  • Mary Ann Reiss – 27.81%
  • Stacy Inman – 24.43%
  • Kevin Kreowski – 20.86
  • Erik Howell – 18.74%
  • Debora Lossing – 8.15

San Luis Obispo Mayor

  • Erica Stewart – 71.66%
  • Richard Orcutt – 14.12%
  • Jeffrey Specht – 12.59%
  • Donald Hedrick – 1.63%

San Luis Obispo City Council, two seats

  • Michelle Shoresman – 35.80%
  • Emily Francis – 32.25%
  • Joe Benson – 18.96%
  • James Papp – 12.99%

San Luis Coastal Unified School District bond measure, needs 55%

  • Yes – 62.96%
  • No – 37.04%

Arroyo Grande sales tax increase, 50% plus one

  • No – 52.56%
  • Yes – 47.44%

Paso Robles hotel tax increase, 50% plus one

  • Yes – 61.20%
  • No – 38.80%

Morro Bay property tax increase, 50% plus one

  • No – 64.03%
  • Yes – 35.97%

Cambria Health Care District Bond, 2/3 vote required

  • Yes – 61.57%
  • No – 38.43%

San Luis Obispo County Community College District, Area 4

  • Peter Sysak – 51.03%
  • Adrienne Garcia-Specht – 48.97%

Atascadero Unified School District, vote for four

  • Tracy Ellis-Weit – 15.30%
  • Vy Pierce – 14.64%
  • Rebekah Koznek – 12.39%
  • Denise McGrew Kane – 12.01%
  • Tami Gunther  – 10.91%
  • Dan Hathaway – 10.73%
  • George Shoemaker –  9.61%
  • Scott Staton – 9.23%
  • Chris Collins – 5.17%

Coast Unified School District, Area 2

  • Lee McFarland – 51.95%
  • Susan Dever – 49.05%

Lucia Mar Unified School District, Area 3

  • Andrea Naemi-Vergne – 38.67%
  • Daevin Thomas – 32.36%
  • Ashley Smeester – 28.96%

Lucia Mar Unified School District, Area 5

  • Colleen Martin – 59.85%
  • Gary Joralemon – 40.15%

Lucia Mar Unified School District, Area 6

  • Roxana Maldonado – 43.74%
  • Eilene Pham – 40.64%
  • Scott Bloom – 15.62%

Lucia Mar Unified School District, Area 7

  • Donna Kandel – 66.16%
  • Luke Davis – 33.84%

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, partial term

  • Adelita Hiteshew – 38.16%
  • Laurene McCoy – 36.49%
  • Jim Irving – 25.35%

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, Area 1

  • Jim Cogan – 48.44%
  • Chris Arend – 27.73%
  • Peter Byrne – 23.83%

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, Area 4

  • Sondra Williams – 43.30%
  • Frank Triggs – 34.96%
  • Catherine Reimer – 20.74%

San Luis Coastal Unified School District, Area 1

  • Marilyn Rodger – 59.55%
  • Loren Leidinger – 40.45%

San Luis Coastal Unified School District, Area 2

  • Rob Banfield – 56.09%
  • Jim Quesenberry – 43.91%

San Luis Coastal Unified School District, Area 4

  • Mark Buchman – 68.53%
  • Tony Evans – 31.47%

Templeton Unified School District, vote for two

  • Janel Armet – 27.30%
  • Matt Allison – 25.54%
  • Jennifer Grinager – 25.21%
  • Jason Tesarz – 9.70%
  • Jay Raftery – 8.20%
  • Fiona Bond – 4.05%

Cayucos Elementary School District, Area 1

  • Kerry Friend – 43.60%
  • Steve Geil – 35.20%
  • Chloe Phillips – 21.20%

County staff plans to continue counting votes on Nov. 23. CalCoastNews will provide election updates on Wednesday evening.


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mazin

Impossible to project, interesting to watch. Also interesting is the Paso Robles School District elections.


GreatGuy

When it comes to counting votes, accuracy is more important than quickness. It is ironic when people who claim that elections were stolen, also complain about election officials taking enough time to accurately count the votes.


shelworth

Nine days since the election…. what the heck happened to our Country?


GreatGuy

Answer: Donald Trump happened. Election officials have to be extra careful now because they know if they get even one ballot wrong, they know that people will claim the election was fraudulent or rigged or stolen, which will lead to people losing faith in democracy.


paragon

Ballot counting has never been completed on Election Day in any state at any point in the nation’s history, despite the media often calling things based on partial results. And anyway, what’s the rush, sheldon? They’ll have everything counted with plenty of time to spare before anyone gets sworn into office. What the heck happened to our Country where everyone has the attention span of a flea and needs instant gratification of everything 24/7?


mazin

This midterm election is going to have a 66% turnout! Looks like making voting easy and convenient works. Voters like it.


commonsenseguy

I find it terrible that only 66% of the electorate showed up to vote. Why we except apathy for the other 33% is disturbing. Even worse, way to often far lower voter turnout decided many things that impact all. Some freedoms we just don’t respect or take serious the cause and effect on everyone. Sad.


Adam Trask

Um, 66% is big number for a midterm election. Most presidential elections don’t reach that high. Vote by mail has indeed increased turnout in California, like it or not.


commonsenseguy

I’m sure glad we don’t accept that low of a % in a doctor’s surgery on us, our travels to work and back each day, that airline flight, or anything else that has such a large impact on our lives.

Why do we on this so-called “better election” process? Only 66% of the 100%voter ballots returned is not enough in my eyes. Compromising on something so important is why we’re where were at in this nation.


indabarrel

1,2,3,4,5,6……learned this in kindergarten. I guess its kind of tough for the Gov to do the simplest things sometimes.