What changes if any can we glean from the results last night? Not too much in my opinion. As always, we win some and we lose some. Some local leftwing liberal blogger yappers think otherwise apparently. The local leftwing extremist Jeff Pelline think the county is headed into the left column. But the proof is not there.
In my old District One seat democrat Heidi Hall will be the new Supervisor. She beat a fellow democrat/indie, Duane Strawser. Pelline tries to make this Hall victory into something it is not. I had won two terms, followed by Republican Dave Tobiassen, the Republican Christine Foster, then two terms by democrat Peter Van Zant, followed by three terms of Republican Nate Beason. So as far as making a claim the District is doing something new is ridiculous. It still tilts towards the right. But I congratulate Heidi Hall in her victory. Let's see if she is really non partisan or a ideologue of the left.
District Two re-elected a Republican, Ed Scofield over democrat Harris by a wide margin. 61-38. That is a telling number isn't it? That tells me his voters are happy and conservative.
Doug LaMalfa had a six percent falloff in Nevada County over his district wide percentage of 40% But if you add all the Republicans together there is a 50/50 with democrats and DTS voters. A high turnout here on Measure W helped the left but it is a anomaly. It will not happen next cycle. Democrat Jim Reed got 29% over the whole district and 36% in Nevada County. He benefited as well from Measure W and the Bernie Sanders voting but will be handily defeated in November.
Presidential candidate Donald J. Trump did better in Nevada County by five percentage points as he got 80% of the Republican votes. He was running virtually unopposed of course. The total votes for Republicans was 9,480. My guess is there are a lot of "blank" votes on this race as people tend to fail to fill the blank in when there is no competition. That is called "under votes". Democrats in the presidential race totaled about 15,000 voters. A excellent turnout. I think the allure of the commie Bernie Sanders was too much for many as he beat Clinton by twenty points in Nevada County while losing statewide 55-43. Nevada County truly has a leftwing extremist group. But it does show me when a electorate gets excited it will turnout in greater number than when there is vanilla only.
Measure W was defeated and I think it shows me a couple of things. One is people are all about their property rights and felt this was a further infringement on them. Also, I think the people did not want to have to have a initiative to change the proposed ordinance if it needs tweaking. They prefer the Board of Supervisors do the tweaking. And it is more easily done that way. A practical result. Last I think a majority may have felt the medical side arguments were legitimate and defeated it to keep their options open for healthcare reasons.
Measure Y in Nevada City was also defeated and I think that bodes well for property rights too. I think the voters said "hey!" this is my house and I may need some extra money so leave me alone. I did not understand why the YES on Y people thought it was a problem. My goodness, all those people staying and spending their money and then GASP, leaving for home! To me it was a defeat of the liberal overreach of our lives. And that was in the liberal bastion of the city limits of Nevada City! And like Measure W was seen as a attack on personal and private property rights. Both a conservative result.
So we had a really energetic result here with a mixed bag of why. Some liberal extremists like Jeff Pelline etal think they are seeing a move to the left in Nevada County. I say this is a one shot deal motivated by a Measure W ballot that turned into a battle of property rights, a right side issue. I see people of both parties wanting to protect their very personal and private property. A true "progressive" would be for that as are most conservatives. To make a claim any other way is folly. People move here from urban areas to enjoy their property and we see they will vote to protect those rights.
Congrats to all the winners. To those who failed to win, thank you for trying. America allows a person to bounce back if they choose to. But there is no reason to bow your head in shame for the defeat. It takes guts to run no matter the result. ON TO NOVEMBER!!