Elections Department issues final results

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Last week’s certification of the General Election results by the Kern County Elections Division saw an increase in the numbers, since early results did not include all provisional and absentee ballots, but no change in the results.

According to the Statement of Votes Cast published last week, Ridgecrest has approximately 13,664 registered voters — with Republican (6,806), Democrat (3,139) and No Party Preference (2,974) making up the largest affiliations.

Voter turnout in the area was approximately 69 percent, with about half those votes coming from absentee ballots.

Both statistics are slightly higher than state and county averages.

Retired Navy Capt. Mick Gleason received 24,566 votes to win the Kern County 1st District Supervisor seat over former state legislator-supervisor Roy Ashburn, who received 17,045 votes. Gleason will take oath for his new office the first week of January.

In a rare majority change-up of the Ridgecrest City Council, the new mayor and council members were seated at last week’s council meeting.

In the newly created race for directly elected mayor, Dan Clark earned 4,347 votes to beat Jerry Taylor (3,806) and Randy Jenkins (1,264).

Jim Sanders (3,343) and Lori Acton (2,923) were also seated, earning more votes than Ron Carter (2,819), Thomas Wiknich (2,634), Scott Garver (2,194), Dale Howard (1,187) and Henry Wilson (1,071)

Sierra Sands Unified School District Board of Education, in an action voted earlier this year, reduced the number of seats from three to two. Incumbents Michael Scott, with 6,817 votes, and Bill Farris, with 6,037 votes, retained their seats — beating incumbent Tim Johnson (4,617) and challenger Randy Jenkins (3,345). The new board will be officially seated next week.

In another majority shift, challengers Axel Alvarez (5,998), Steven Morgan (5,402) and Paul Valovich (5,102) won the three available seats on the IWV Airport Board of Directors, beating incumbent Paul Farris (3,858), challenger Eileen Shibley (3,759) and incumbent Mark Backes (3,507). New members took the oath of office last week.

Chuck Cordell (5,279), Don Cortichiato (4,285) and Leroy Corlett (3,969) were sworn in Monday to the three available four-year seats on the IWV Water District Board of Directors.

They received more votes than Judie Decker (3,907), Ron Kicinski (3,523), Charles Griffin (3,318) and Randy Jenkins (1,718).

Don Jo McKernan, with 5,342 votes, won the two-year seat over Duke Martin (4,860).

To view the complete results, view elections.co.kern.ca.us/elections/SOVC/SOVC_Nov_6_2012_full.pdf.

Story First Published: 2012-12-12