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Few show up at polls, few surprises in results

• Antonovich likely to achieve seventh term as county supervisor

Posted: June 4, 2008 2:03 a.m.
Updated: August 5, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

While California held its presidential primary in February, voters in the Santa Clarita Valley and throughout the state trekked to the polls Tuesday to vote on a hodgepodge of state, county and local issues. Among the issues that were on ballots locally included two state propositions, four state legislature offices, one congressional office, one county office, on judgeship and several party office positions.

Despite the myriad of options, the only races with final outcomes were state measures and two county races for supervisor and superior court judge.

Incumbent Michael D. Antonovich was likely on his way to his seventh term as supervisor for the fifth supervisoral district. His challenger was 30-year-old Stephen Mark Hinze of Burbank, who ran as one of two supervisoral candidates under the Party for Socialism and Liberation ticket.

As of 9 p.m., with seven precincts reporting, Antonovich (34,210 votes) had an overwhelming lead over Hinze (8,774 votes).

"I want to thank the citizens for this vote of confidence and for the honor and privilege of representing them," Antonovich said Tuesday evening. "My office will continue to provide our communities with quality, responsive, proactive constituent service."

A win for Antonovich, 69, means he may only run once more for county supervisor in 2012, as he will be termed out of office in 2016.

There are 1,226 total precincts reporting for the supervisoral race, with 959,804 voters registered to vote at those precincts.

Another county race involving local candidates was the opening for Superior Court Judge Office No. 82, where Santa Clarita resident and deputy district attorney Mark Lee seeks to gain an edge on competitors Cynthia Loo and Thomas Rubinson.

With 1.23 percent of precincts reporting, Lee trailed his competitors in an otherwise close race. Lee was in third place with 25.78 percent of the vote. Loo led 38.82 percent, while Rubinson had 35.4 percent.

Two controversial and competing state measures made it onto the ballot yesterday. Propositions 98 and 99 were the headliner items of the June primary. Both measures focused on eminent domain, landlord-tenant issues, rent control and protected land.

A majority of voters appeared to oppose Proposition 98, which placed limits on government authority. With 1 percent reporting, approximately 100,764 people (57.87 percent) voted no, while 73,348 (42.13 percent) favored the measure.

Conversely, Proposition 99, which placed limits on government acquisition, appeared to doing quite well. More than 64 percent (111,455 votes) of the electorate favored the measure, while 61,154 voters (35.43 percent) were in opposition.

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