2012-05-31 / Front Page

Jones leads in North County, Mee and Carrier close in District 5

Absentee ballot results
By Dan Tucker, Gazette Publisher

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 8:31 p.m. - If past elections are any indication, Merlin Jones has pretty well wrapped up the District 2 supervisor seat representing Northern Mariposa County, and John Carrier and Ed Mee could be headed for a run-off for the District 5 supervisor post.

In previous elections, the absentee ballot count has been pretty reliable in predicting the outcome of any local election. Mariposa County Clerk Keith Williams just released the following information:

In the District 2 race, Jones has 336 votes and Dwight Mueller is a distance second at 75. Gene Dalton has garnered 67, Kenneth Willey 20, Kathleen Love 37, and Emery Ross 43.

In District 5, Ed Mee is leading the pack at 369, followed closely by John Carrier with 284. Pierce Loberg has 159 votes.

In the race for the California Assembly, the leaders are Frank Bigelow with 1,140 votes and Rico Oller with 836. All other candidates trail by significant margins.

In the race for Congress, Republican Tom McClintock holds a substantial lead in Mariposa County over Democrat Jack Uppal, 2,104 to 1,158.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein leads all challengers.

In the proposition tallies, Mariposa County absentee ballots show 1,865 votes in favor of Proposition 28 compared to 1,421 no votes. Proposition 29 is going down to defeat locally,  2,113 to 1,236, but according to the Sacramento Bee, the measure is passing statewide in early returns.

Williams said a total of 6,618 absentee ballots were mailed and 207 were returned as undeliverable. A total of 3,639 absentee ballots were counted in the voting listed above.

Look for  complete details and final results at this Web site and in the next edition of the Mariposa Gazette.

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