The final (not so) final
What a wild night, folks. Barack Obama is president, the fate of gay marriage hangs in the balance, and it looks like we could be poised to unexpectedly pass a hotly contested tax increase and dump two incumbent school board trustees.
With all of the precincts in, retired principal Niel Tam appears headed for a seat on the school board, and former PTA Council head Trish Spencer and schools advocate Ron Mooney lead the vote for the remaining two seats over incumbents Janet Gibson and David Forbes. Mooney had just 305 votes more than Gibson when the results were posted, at 1:06 a.m.
In another race that’s too close to call, Measure P is passing by 317 votes, 50.66 to 49.34 percent. If passed, the measure would increase the transfer tax paid when a home is sold from $5.40 per $1,000 of sale price to $12.
We say too close to call, by the way, because there are an untold amount of absentee and provisional ballots that have yet to be counted. And as we all know, those votes could totally change the outcome of a close race (coughMeasureHcough).
We checked in with Guy Ashley at the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, who said that the ROV got back 240,000 of the 377,000 or so vote-by-mail ballots they’ve handed out prior to election day. We’re hopeful we can get the number of those vote-by-mails and provisionals turned in at the polls – which have to be counted separately – sometime (much) later today.
In the meantime, council incumbents Doug deHaan and Marie Gilmore appear poised to hang on to their seats, leading challengers Tracy Jensen and Justin Harrison.
The two Kevins – Kevin Kearney and Kevin Kennedy – cruised to easy victories in their opponent-less contests for city auditor and treasurer, respectively. And the charter cleanup language props Q-X all seemed likely to pass.
In other races, Chris Peeples seemed the likely winner for a seat on the AC Transit board, leading by a two-to-one margin over Joyce Roy; East Bay MUD board incumbent Doug Linney held a similar margin to regain his seat over challenger Susi Ostlund, as did Dennis Hayashi, who beat Phil Daly in a runoff for a superior court judgeship.
Bonds for East Bay parks and AC Transit both garnered more than the 2/3 vote each needed to pass, though we are still waiting on those remaining vote-by-mail and provisional ballots to be sure.
Loni Hancock and Sandre Swanson both scored decisive victories in their re-election efforts for the state Senate and Assembly, respectively. We know without looking that Pete Stark kept his House seat. On the state props, both Prop 8 and Prop 11, which is the redistricting measure, were leading as of 1:30 this morning.
If you want the local results they’re here, and for anything other than that I’d go to the Chronicle’s election results page here, ‘coz the Secretary of State’s web page is jammed. (I’d put ’em up myself, but I’m just too danged tired.)
We’ll get back to you with more results, and our take on What it All Means, after we get some sleep.
Good night, Alameda.