The Elections Office emailed the latest election results, and Measure B — the local school bond measure for needed improvements — prevailed.
The totals show 25,563 “yes” votes (55.95 percent) and 20,125 “no” votes (44.05 percent). A 55 percent threshold was required.
We were proud to support the measure, with a big sign in our yard, no less. It was common sense and the right think to do to invest in our future.
Local curmudgeons, led by the likes of tea party and State of Jefferson activist Wade Freedle and The Union’s paid columnist George Boardman, opposed the measure, and it was duly noted that they lost.
As if Boardman’s screed wasn’t enough, The Union wrote an asinine editorial about Measure B that the majority of voters also rejected. In short, the schools provided enough evidence to convince the majority. The newspaper showed an abject lack of community leadership on this issue, coddling its aging, declining demographic.
But the rest of us “took back” our community instead. lol.
In another nail biter in Truckee, for director of the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, the former publisher of The Union, Jim Hemig, finished dead last among the four candidates, according to the latest results. Jim left The Union to go to work for his dad’s real estate business.
Hemig had 2,798 votes (21.41 percent), compared with 2,843 (21.75 percent) for Joseph Aguera, 3,321 (25.41 percent) for Bob Ellis and 4,109 (31.44 percent) for Jeff Bender.
Congressman Tom McClintock also got shellacked in Truckee against candidate Robert Derlet, though he won re-election in the district.
The results are here.