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Postmarked ballots counted

Results remain the same for local races

Postmarked ballots flowed into the Plumas County Clerk’s Office following the March 3 Primary, with approximately 500 received by the March 6 deadline.

Chief Elections Official Kathy Williams said that in addition to the postmarked ballots, her office had 16 provisional ballots to review, and 12 that had been received without signatures.

A final count took place March 6, with 31 ballots remaining to be verified.

While the vote tallies changed from the preliminary figures released the night of March 3, the results did not.

Former Sheriff Greg Hagwood will be the new supervisor for District 4 representing the Quincy area. He bested Melissa Bishop, earning 79 percent of the vote.

In Districts 1 and 2, the races are headed to a runoff in November, because no candidate received the necessary 50 percent plus 1 vote  to be declared the winner. In District 1, top vote earner Dwight Ceresola will face off against Bill Powers, while in District 2 it will be incumbent Kevin Goss versus Mike Grant.

Since the results were released as this newspaper was going to press, candidate reaction will be featured in an article in next week’s newspaper.

District 1:

Dwight Ceresola – 567 votes, 43.78 percent

Jason Christian – 155 votes, 11.97 percent

John Pato – 248 votes, 19.15 percent

Bill Powers – 325 votes, 25.10 percent

District 2:

Greg Cameron – 236 votes, 13.57 percent

Kevin Goss – 761 votes, 43.76 percent

Mike Grant – 452 votes, 25.99 percent

Phil Shannon – 290 votes, 16.68 percent

District 4:

Melissa Bishop – 304 votes, 20.92 percent

Greg Hagwood – 1,149 votes, 79.08 percent

Voter turnout

There are 12,563 registered voters in Plumas County and 8,189 cast their ballots, making local turnout 65.18 percent.

Historically, Plumas boasts one of the highest if not the highest turnouts in the state. During the primary, it appears that only Amador County checked in slightly higher at 66 percent.

State races

In the contests for District 1 State Senate and Assembly seats, the top two candidates advance to the November election.

For State Senate, it will be incumbent Republican Brian Dahle versus Democratic candidate Pamela Swartz.

For State Assembly, incumbent Republican Megan Dahle will face Democratic challenger Elizabeth Betancourt.


Once again it will be incumbent Republican Doug LaMalfa against Democratic challenger Audrey Denney.

Proposition 13

The school bond act, which needed a simple majority to pass, was defeated 57 percent against, and 43 percent in favor in preliminary election results. Final results weren’t available as this newspaper went to press.

For more information about how the county voted, go to plumascounty.us and click election night summary report
For more information about how the state voted, go to: vote.sos.ca.gov

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