NEWMAN - Local election counts were updated by the Stanislaus County elections department last Friday, as the processing of ballots continued but was largely completed.
Following are the latest, unofficial results from contested local races and a local school bond measure.
Casey Graham will become Newman’s next mayor, defeating Timothy Parker in the two-candidate race to succeed Bob Martina in the city’s leadership post. Graham holds a solid lead of 2,148-1,602 as of the latest update. Martina did not seek re-election.
In his campaign, Graham stressed the importance of maintaining Newman’s character and sense of community while bringing in additional housing at a controlled pace, promoting job-generating economic development and bolstering recreation opportunities.
Newman City Council
John Pimentel and Laroy McDonald prevailed in the three-candidate race for two City Council seats. Pimentel, a newcomer to elective politics, topped the field with 2,181 votes. McDonald, an incumbent council member, earned re-election with 1,784 votes. Walter Waite III was third with 841 votes.
While McDonald remains on the council, Pimentel essentially succeeds incumbent Murray Day, who did not seek re-election.
Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District
Area 1 incumbent Janice Conforti won re-election to her board seat. As of the latest update, Conforti held a 576-469 lead over challenger Alfredo Esquivez.
A $26 million school bond measure passed muster with voters in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District. Measure X was sitting at 59.4 percent voter support, with 2,965 “yes” votes against 2,020 “no” votes. Fifty-five percent voter approval is required for passage.
With Measure X, the district reversed its bond fortunes from March, when a local measure fell short with 50 percent voter support. Measure X asked voters to authorize a smaller amount than that put on the ballot in March, and emphasized that passage would not increase existing property tax rates.
Proceeds will fund a number of facility projects and improvements in the coming years.
Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors
Channce Condit won election to the District 5 seat on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors, outdistancing Tom Hallinan 18,231 to 12,094 in their runoff. Condit will succeed incumbent Jim DeMartini, who did not seek re-election.
As of the latest update, 212,586 ballots had been tabulated in Stanislaus County, pushing voter turnout to 76 percent.
The elections office is also continuing to process timely ballots received from other counties or through the mail. Vote-by-mail ballots are accepted through Nov. 20 if they are postmarked no later than Nov. 3.
The county has until Dec. 3 to certify the election results.