4:00 p.m. Update
The Plumas County Clerk-Recorders Office has announced final figures for the District 5 supervisor race and the Portola City Council race. Jon Kennedy has defeated Dick Lundy for supervisor by 117 votes. Kennedy's total was 1,267 to Lundy's 1,150.
For the city council, challenger Juliana Mark has captured a seat with 388 votes. Incumbent Curt McBride inched out incumber John Larrieu for the second open seat by just three votes, 311 to 308.
No further election result updates are anticipated.
12:00 p.m. Update
According to the Secretary of State's Office, Plumas County was the first county in the state to finish its election reporting. Final numbers were reported at 9:58 p.m. Voter turnout was 66.8 percent, seventh highest in the state. Sierra County was first with 81.9 percent.
10:00 a.m. Update
The race for the Portola City Council is still too close to call. The Plumas County Clerks Office indicated there are still several hundred provisional and mail in ballots to count. They do not expect a final tally until sometime this afternoon.
In a surprise victory, Jon Kennedy nudged Dick Lundy by 71 votes to win the District 5 supervisor race in yesterday’s election.
In the June primary, Lundy narrowly missed avoiding a run-off, polling 48.99 percent of the vote to Kennedy’s 43.69. Lundy needed 50 percent plus one vote to take the seat outright.
The two men found their positions reversed last night, when Kennedy pulled 52.21 percent, or 1,251 votes out of 2.396 ballots cast, while Lundy garnered 47.62 percent, or 1,141 votes.
The gap closed to 71 votes after 84 absentee ballots were counted.
Twenty-eight provisional ballots remained to be counted Wednesday morning.
Because the polling was so tight, Lundy can request a recount.
Three contenders competed for two open seats on the Portola City Council. Longtime council member John Larrieu found himself neck and neck with incumbent Curt McBride. Just four votes separated the two men. Provisional and absentee ballots to determine the outcome were set to be counted Wednesday morning. (Check plumasnews.com for updates.)
One thing was clear: challenger Juliana Mark collected the most votes in the race with 355, or 38.76 percent.
In the other local contested election, four candidates vied for three open seats on the Plumas District Hospital board of directors. Challenger Kathy Price was the top vote getter with 1,844 or 32.73 percent.
Incumbent John Kimmel retained his seat, garnering the second-highest number of votes with 1,643 or 29.16 percent.
Challenger Bill Wickman took the final seat with 1,385 votes or 24.58 percent.
Incumbent Fred Thon finished a distant fourth with 724 votes or 12.85 percent.
Measure C, a bond measure for the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District, was soundly defeated 72.58 percent to 27.42 percent.
Plumas voters supported Ted Gaines for the Republican nomination over Roger Niello 34.24 percent to 15.47 percent for State Senate District 1. Democrat Ken Cooley polled 34.82 percent. Republican Barbara Alby finished with 15.32 percent. Results for the whole district were not available at press time.
Initial reports indicate Plumas County was the first county in the state to finish its reporting. Polls closed at 8 p.m. and all precincts were counted by 9:30 p.m. Final numbers were reported at 10:05 p.m.
Voter turnout in Plumas County was typically high — 67.69 percent.
Plumas County Clerk-Recorder Kathy Williams also noted an “overwhelming return of vote-by-mail ballots.” Of the vote-by-mail ballots issued, 72.68 percent were returned.
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