Plumas County election wrap-up


Delaine Fragnoli - Managing Editor

Dick Lundy and Jon Kennedy are headed for a November runoff for the District 5 supervisor seat.

Lundy finished last Tuesday’s balloting with 48.99 percent of the vote, just short of the 50 percent plus one vote he needed to win outright.

Kennedy garnered 43.69 percent, 102 votes behind Lundy. Ralph Wittick collected 7.06 percent of the vote.

"First of all, I was pleased that all the supervisorial candidates ran a clean campaign,” said Lundy. “I want to thank everyone who voted in the primary, especially those who supported by candidacy. We worked very hard and gave it our best shot. But, unfortunately, I fell just a few votes short of what was needed to win it all to avoid a runoff in November. I will continue to campaign hard and again promise to listen and learn from each of you about your concerns and what I can do to help shape the future of this great county."

"I'm actually kind of happy there's going to be a run off,” said Kennedy. “Because of me working full time and still raising a family, my time has been very limited for campaigning. I have not been able to meet everyone in the district, despite trying every evening after work and on weekends, rain or snow. Meeting more people gives me a better insight on the needs of our county. I've even had some pretty tasty fried chicken while knocking on doors during dinnertime. I look forward to meeting more people and moving our county forward."

In other county races, Greg Hagwood scored a convincing victory over Bob Shipp, 81.81 percent to 17.81 percent, for county sheriff.

Multi-term assessor Chuck Leonhardt won re-election over challenger Mike Gardner, 75.93 percent to 23.89 percent.

Uncontested county races included incumbents Sherrie Thrall for District 3 supervisor (98.72 percent); Shawn Montgomery for auditor/controller (98.14 percent); Kathy Williams for clerk/recorder (99.6 percent); and Glenn Harris for superintendent of schools (95.54 percent).

Elected for the first time were David Hollister as district attorney (98.86 percent) and Julie White as treasurer/tax collector (99.42 percent).

Plumas soundly supported (83.59 percent) Proposition 13: Seismic Retrofitting, which passed at the state level with 84.5 percent.

Out of the two election reform measures, the county preferred Proposition 14 (59.16) to Proposition 15 (36.45 percent). Statewide, Proposition 14, which will create open primaries beginning in 2012, passed with 54.2 percent of the vote.

The PG&E-backed Proposition 16 garnered 55.25 percent, and Proposition 17, the insurance rate measure, squeaked by at 50.60 percent in Plumas, but they were defeated at the state level.

Turnout in Plumas County was 52.48 percent. Sierra County had the largest turnout in the state at 73.3 percent.

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