Politics & Elections

School bonds, sales tax, Ta, Jones win

POLLING PLACE in Garden Grove. Workers there reported a heavy morning turnout (OC Tribune photo).

POLLING PLACE in Garden Grove. Workers there reported a heavy morning turnout with people lining up at the poll opening at 7 a.m. Tuesday (OC Tribune photo).

Local voters backed school bond issues, a 1 percent sales tax in Westminster and made history with the first district elections in Garden Grove in Tuesday’s balloting.

According to unofficial results from the Orange County Registrar of Voters, Westminster Mayor Tri Ta and Orange County First District supervisor Andrew Do each won re-election, and Steve Jones will be the new mayor of Garden Grove.

election2016bugThe current Garden Grove mayor, Bao Nguyen, lost his bid for the 46th Congressional seat, falling to Lou Correa by the margin of 70.2 percent to 29.8 percent.

And for the first time since 1936, Orange County backed a Democrat for the White House. Hillary Clinton won 49.8 percent of the vote to Donald Trump’s 44.9 percent.

Here are the leaders as of 7:30 a.m. Wednesday:

In the Garden Grove Unified School District, appointed incumbent Teri Rocco won a term in her own right in Area 1, while in Area 5, former Garden Grove City Councilwoman Dina Nguyen ousted long-time incumbent Linda Paulsen-Reed.

In the Huntington Beach Union High School District, incumbents Michael Simons and Susan Henry cruised to victory. In the Ocean View School District, incumbent Gina Clayton-Tarvin won easily and another seat on the board was going to Norm Westwell by a small margin over Patricia Singer.

In the Huntington Beach City School District, Ann Sullivan and incumbent Bridget Kaub were winning. In the Westminster School District, incumbent Jamison Power was winning another board term, with the other open seat going to Frances Nguyen.

Steve Jones, running unopposed on the ballot for Garden Grove mayor, wracked up 100 percent of the 28,556 ballots cast for that office. In the Garden Grove City Council races, John O’Neill, also unopposed, won the Second District seat, while Stephanie Klopfenstein took the Fifth District and Kim Nguyen the Sixth.

In the Huntington Beach City Council race, the three winners appear to be incumbent Jill Hardy and “newcomers” Lyn Semeta and Patrick Brendan. Robin Estanislau (city clerk) and Alisa Cutchen (treasurer) were re-elected to those posts.

In the Westminster City Council race, incumbent Sergio Contreras was headed for re-election, but incumbent Diana Carey was being turned out by Kimberly Ho.

Incumbent Tri Ta easily defeated former mayor Margie Rice for the Westminster mayor, polling 55.4 percent of the vote in a four-way race.

Voters said “yes” to a 1-cent sales tax for Westminster by a margin of 60.7 percent to 39.3 percent, and four local school bond issues – Garden Grove Unified School District, Huntington Beach City School District, Ocean View School District and Westminster School District – were all leading. The vote in the OVSD was relatively close, polling 57.6 percent of the vote on a measure where 55 percent of voters must approve.

For latest and most complete results, go to http://www.ocvote.com .











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