The results come after voters in Siskiyou County cast their ballots on Election Day.
Voter turnout was low for the June election — like it was statewide, Siskiyou County Clerk Laura Bynum said minutes before polls closed at 8 p.m. — but all went well went to the polls on Tuesday.
Voters decided on three contested local races in the statewide primary and Measure P.
Update: 10:55 p.m. Tuesday
With ballots from 41 of the county’s 47 precincts counted, Diane Olson remains ahead in the race for Siskiyou County Auditor-Comptroller. Olson received 95.07% of the vote.
With six constituencies still to be registered, there are unlikely to be enough votes to shift the balance – but only 406 people in the 41 constituencies voted in this race.
“With the written application, not many people knew they had to vote,” Olson said.
Still leading the race for Siskiyou County Schools Superintendent, Allen Carver has 61.17% of the vote against 38.83% for Marie Caldwell.
The closest of the three races contested is that of Siskiyou County Supervisor, District 3. With nine out of 10 constituencies counted, Michael Kobseff maintained his lead with 57.02% of the vote over Matthew Warren Hilliard with 42.98%.
More than 58% of voters in the 41 constituencies rejected P-measurement while almost 42% voted for.
Update: 8:45 p.m. Tuesday: Early results show Kobseff, Carver and Olson ahead
The first results show Michael Kobseff in the lead in the Siskiyou County Supervisor, District 3 race. Kobseff won 55.72% of the vote and Matthew Warren Hilliard 44.28%. This is after two of the 10 precincts have returned the ballots and the absentee ballots have been counted.
Allen Carver is leading the race to Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools. Carver has 62.44% of the vote against 37.56% for Marie Caldwell. That’s after the county counted mail-in ballots and ballots from 22 of the 57 precincts.
“Obviously we’d like to see (the lead) go on all night, but with 35 precincts (not yet taped) we’re cautiously optimistic,” Carver said.
The first results show that Diane Olson is clearly in the lead for Siskiyou County Auditor-Comptroller — with 95.47% of the votes and Craig A. Mommer with 4.53% of the votes. Voters had to write in their choice of candidate for this race. Again, this relates to mail-in ballots and ballots from 22 of the 57 counted constituencies.
In the first results, 57.96% of voters rejected P-measurement while 42.4% supported him.
Original Story: Competitive Races to Watch in Siskiyou County
On Tuesday, voters in Siskiyou County decided on three contested local races in the statewide primary.
District 3 Supervisor Michael Kobseff faces a challenge from Matthew Hilliard. Marie Caldwell and Allan Carver are in the running for the post of Superintendent of Schools. Diane Olson and Craig Mommer are registered candidates in the auditor-auditor race. On the ballot is a measure that, if passed, would make the auditor-comptroller, who is elected, an appointed position.
Siskiyou County and other Upstate counties also vote in the California Assembly District 1 and U.S. Congressional District 1 races.
Siskiyou County Supervisor, District 3
The person elected will work with supervisors from the other four districts in Siskiyou County to oversee county government for the next four years. The council writes policy, oversees departmental budgets, and performs other legislative functions.
Issues facing the next supervisor include fire prevention, illegal cannabis cultivation, balancing the budget, and allocating water to agriculture and residential areas.
Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools
The superintendent oversees educational programs for K-12 students throughout the county, including special education for students with moderate to severe disabilities, support for foster children, Early Head Start and after-school programs. He or she also implements state laws and guidelines, assists districts in dealing with emergencies, and provides budget oversight for each school district’s budget.
The next superintendent will deal with declining enrollment, staffing shortages, staff training and support for social-emotional learning programs and issues such as Weed Union School District $8 million debt. They will also monitor school districts’ spending on COVID relief funds and how they are catching up with students who have fallen behind academically during distance learning in 2020 and 2021.
Siskiyou County Auditor-Comptroller
The Siskiyou County Auditor-Comptroller ensures that tax money is used according to law. He or she provides auditing, financial, and accounting services to county departments, agencies, and other organizations.
Voters wrote in their auditor-controller choice to vote in this race.
When he holds Diane Olson applied for, county officials determined that state changes to the position’s qualifications prevented him from running. On March 29, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted to change the job’s qualifications, removing state requirements and allowing Olson to run. By then, it was too late for candidates to have their names printed on the ballot or submit statements to the booklet sent to registered voters.
Olson ran unopposed until May 25 – the last day to file his candidacy, when the veteran and retiree Craig A. Mommer threw his hat into the ring.
Freelance journalist Skip Descant contributed to this story.
Whether P-measurement pass, the position of Siskiyou County Auditor-Comptroller would become an appointed position instead of an elected position.
It would come into effect on January 1, 2027 – after the person elected to the position completes their four-year term.
Where to go to find out the results of the elections
Read up-to-date race results on the Siskiyou County ballot.
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