The winners are District 1 Supervisor and moderate GOPer Nate Beason (who won without a runoff), Superior Court Judge Tom Anderson and Truckee Mayor Richard Anderson for District 5 supervisor. (Both Andersons, unrelated, are moderate Democrats).
Other winners are moderates in general or “purple politics,” and Democratic Congressional candidate Jim Reed (who garnered roughly the same number of votes as staunch conservatives Doug LaMalfa and Sam Aanestad in our supposedly “red” county). The outcome in the Congressional race was redolent of Charlie Brown’s performance against Tom McClintock the first time around.
The losers are Sue McGuire and George Smyrnos (both good people) but moreover many of their single-issue, agenda-driven supporters in our community. We’ve reported them previously — you know who they are. (The anti-Beason signs were childish).
Other losers include the local tea party who vocally endorsed these candidates, The Union’s hard-right editorial policy, the loud, hard-right blogging contingent of Russ Steele, George Rebane, Barry Pruett and Todd Juvinall. (Juvinall once was a county supervisor and Steele once was a county ERC board commissioner and transportation commissioner). Times have changed.
Also, Tom McClintock’s opponent did better than expected in our county.
My own suspicion is that social media has opened the doors to more views and voices than in the past, more accurately reflecting our diverse community and breaking the “bottleneck” of the dominant media that has long controlled communications. This trend will continue.
Placer County also is “purple.” Moderate Democrat Jennifer Montgomery won her race, as did moderate GOPer Jim Holmes. Both will continue as county supervisors.
County Supervisor District 1
Nate Beason 2,842 votes – 59.29%
Alfred “Al” Bulf: 445 votes – 9.28%
Louis Meyer: 84 votes – 1.75%
Sue McGuire: 1,402 votes – 29.25%
Unresolved Write-Ins 20 votes
Judge of the Superior Court Seat 1
George John Smyrnos 7,300 votes – 38.52%
Tom Anderson 11,584 votes – 61.13%
Unresolved Write-Ins: 67 – 0.35%
County Supervisor District 5
Richard Anderson: 1,359 votes – 66.00%
Mike Rogers: 690 votes – 33.51%
Unresolved Write-Ins: 10 votes – 0.49%
Thanks to Yubanet.com for its real-time reporting and to the county clerk-recorder’s office for its deft handling of the election.
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