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Sulphur Springs challenger wins election to the board

Tuesday's election also brings close call for Saugus district incumbent

Posted: November 5, 2013 8:00 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2013 11:17 p.m.

 

2013 Election results

Source: Los Angeles County Office of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Santa Clarita Valley voters determined the leadership for three local school districts and a water district during Tuesday's election. Here are the results with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.

For more information on the races and the candidates involved, check out our election preview here.



Newhall School District

Candidate   Votes Percent

CHRISTY SMITH

 
1,733
28.09
PHILIP C ELLIS JR  
1,562
25.32
BRIAN D WALTERS  
1,547
25.07
SANDRA LOUISE BULL  
1,328
21.52

Precincts reporting: 100%


Newhall County Water District

Candidate   Votes Percent
MARIA A GUTZEIT  
1,089
27.42

B J ATKINS

 
1,047
26.36
KATHY COLLEY  
939
23.64
CARL PUCKETT  
897
22.58

Precincts reporting: 100%


Saugus Union School District

Candidate   Votes Percent

JUDY EGAN UMECK

 
2,328
26.96

PAUL N DE LA CERDA

 
2,078
24.06
DOUGLAS A BRYCE  
1,678
19.43
CHRIS TRUNKEY  
1,629
18.86
STACIE L ALLEGRA  
923
10.69

Precincts reporting: 100%


Sulphur Springs School District

Candidate   Votes Percent
KEN CHASE  
1,263
28.47

LORI B MACDONALD

 
1,140
25.69
KERRY B CLEGG  
1,039
23.42
MICHAEL P HOGAN  
995
22.43

Precincts reporting: 100%

STORY, UPDATED 1 a.m.

By Luke Money
Signal Staff Writer

After the dust settled and the votes were counted in Tuesday's election, one challenger was successful in his bid to win a school board seat, while another came close to knocking off a longtime incumbent.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting challenger Ken Chase came out on top in the Sulphur Springs School District, garnering 1,263 votes — the most of any candidate in that election, according to the Los Angeles County Office of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

“I feel great,” Chase said. “You do what you can to win and you hope for the best.”

Chase said late Tuesday night he is looking forward to working with the other board members, particularly in areas of finance where he feels his professional background as an accountant will help the overall fiscal health of the district.

“I want to work in concert with them,” he said. “I think I have some ideas that make sense in the long-term for the district.”

Lori MacDonald placed second in the Sulphur Springs school board race with 1,140 votes, while fellow incumbent Kerry Clegg came in third with 1,039.

There were three board seats up for election in the district this year.

MacDonald told The Signal earlier Tuesday evening that she thought Chase’s campaign strategy played a role in his success.

“He ran a true political campaign so I think he got his name out there more than any of us,” she said. “He invested the most money into it.”

Michael Hogan, who has served on the Sulphur Springs board since 2000, came in fourth place with 995 votes.

 

Saugus district

Chris Trunkey, a challenger in the Saugus Union School District, also came close to knocking off a long-tenured incumbent, as his vote total of 1,629 came close to Doug Bryce’s total of 1,678.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the other incumbents in the Saugus district were re-elected by comfortable margins. Judy Egan Umeck was the district’s top vote-getter with 2,328 and Paul De La Cerda tallied 2,078.

“I am excited to continue to work on the board and I am very humbled by the amount of support I received,” Umeck said.

A fifth candidate, Stacie Allegra, tallied 923 votes.

 

Newhall district

The trio of incumbents in the Newhall School District also swept to victory Tuesday, though the three did so with a more comfortable margin.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Christy Smith paced the field with 1,733 votes.

Fellow incumbents Phil Ellis and Brian Walters came in second and third with 1,562 votes and 1,547 votes, respectively.

Smith told The Signal earlier Tuesday night that she thinks the three incumbents receiving the most votes is a validation of their work.

“I think we’re certainly proud of the progress that the district has made and it’s a vote of confidence for us,” she said.

The sole challenger in the Newhall district, Sandra Bull came in fourth with 1,328 votes.


Newhall County Water District

The story was much the same in the Newhall County Water District, where the three incumbents — Maria Gutzeit, B.J. Atkins and Kathy Colley all won re-election.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Gutzeit led the field, receiving 1,089 votes with Atkins close behind at 1,047.

“I’m humbled to be able to serve the voters of the Newhall County Water District for another four years,” Atkins said.

Gutzeit said she was pleased with the results and that she thinks it’s a good sign that voters re-elected all the incumbents in the water district.

“I’ve always said I am proud to serve at Newhall Water and it’s a great agency,” she said. “And in times where politics is criticized a lot in the news, it’s a good example of good local government.”

Colley’s 939 votes were enough to top challenger Carl Puckett, who received 897.

 

Semi-final

The results made available Tuesday night, and early Wednesday morning, are considered “semi-final official results,” according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Office of Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

County officials estimate that about 29,382 ballots still need to be processed countywide. That estimate includes outstanding provisional and mail ballots collected at the polls, as well as mail ballots received in the mail by 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to the news release.

About 9.91 percent of eligible registered voters in Los Angeles County cast ballots in this election, according to county officials, with a total of 174,025 ballots processed and counted on Election Night.

Tuesday’s election results are tentatively scheduled to be certified by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk on Nov. 25. If that takes place, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors would declare the election results official on Nov. 26, according to the news release.

Lmoney@signalscv.com
661-287-5525
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