With nearly all precincts reporting, Measure C, the $485 million bond to improve facilities in the State Center Community College District, including construction of a permanent Oakhurst campus, passed Tuesday night with 64.2% support.
Additionally, in the races of incumbents Congressman Tom McClintock and State Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, both finished the June primary with wide margins of support, which advanced them to the November election against probable number two finishers Robert Derlet and Robert Carabas.
To fund Measure C, homeowners in the district, which includes the Valley and Mountain Area, will pay an additional $18.50 a year in taxes per each $100,000 of their home’s value. Thus, a home valued at $200,000 will cost an additional $37 a year in taxes.
As part of the bond, $25 million has been ensured to go towards construction of a permanent Oakhurst campus, district officials said, in order to replace the seven portable buildings on 2.7 acres at Crane Valley Road (426) and Civic Lane.
Bobby Kahn, SCCCD trustee for Area 1, which includes Madera County, said Measure C is a “huge step forward” for the district.
“It is a win for our students and our communities,” Kahn said. “It is also a really big win for our Madera and Oakhurst campuses. We will be able to continue to build out the Madera campus and prepare to become a fully accredited community college campus, and will be able to make a commitment to select new campus site and build a permanent facility in Oakhurst. I want to thank all the voters for their support and all of the individuals that worked so hard to make this campaign a success.”
Goals for the Oakhurst campus include its location be on a minimum 15 acres. With approval of Measure C, the search can begin for a campus location, though Kahn said district officials have been taken on tours of possible sites before Tuesday’s election.
Measure C also includes several other expansions, such as a new campus in southeast Fresno and a 120-acre Clovis location. Of the $485 million, $170 million is set aside for Fresno City College - mostly for a parking garage and new buildings for science and math - $60 million for the Clovis campus, and other amounts to expand Madera Community College into a fully accredited college in the future.
Of the total support from all voters in SCCCD, 58.4% of Madera County voters - 21,553 people, or 39.9% of registered voters cast ballots - supported Measure C.
Poythress over incumbent Farinelli
In the race for District 3 Madera County Supervisor - which covers the western side of the City of Madera - former Madera mayor Robert Poythress won over incumbent Rick Farinelli.
With all 15 precincts reporting, Poythress secured 61.6% of the vote (2,490 votes), to Rick Farinelli’s 38% (1,536).
Bigelow moves on
Bigelow (60.2%), who has held his office since 2012, faced off against Democrat Carabas (22.7%), Independent candidate Mark Belden (8.2%) and another Democratic competitor Kai Ellsworth (8.9%).
A longtime rancher, businessman, and former Madera County Supervisor, Bigelow, a Republican from O’Neals, thanked voters for their support.
“I remain committed to working across the aisle with anyone and everyone to revitalize California’s economy and build new water storage for our region,” Bigelow said. “It’s clear there are many problems left to solve and I’m focused on bringing everyone together to provide solutions for California. I appreciate the trust you’ve put in me to represent you in Sacramento.”
McClintock at 62%
McClintock (61.2%), a Republican from Elk Grove, went up against challenging Democrats Derlet (28.1%) and Sean White (10.8%).
Because of California’s Proposition 14, passed in 2010, both races move to the general election Nov. 8, where McClintock and Bigelow face the next strongest competitors, likely Derlet and Carabas.
Statewide Proposition 50, which will amend the California Constitution to allow members of the legislature the ability, on two-thirds vote, to suspend members without pay or benefits when accused of wrongdoing while in office, was also expected to pass. It had 75.6% support with 91% precincts reporting statewide Wednesday morning.
In the race for U.S. Senator, to replace the retiring Barbara Boxer, California Attorney General and Democrat Kamala Harris held a strong lead, with 40.3% of votes. The next closest was Democrat Loretta Sanchez at 18.5%, followed by Republican Duf Sundheim at 8%. Harris will face Sanchez in the Nov. 8 general election.
On the national level, Donald Trump further solidified his presumptive Republican nomination in the race for president with nearly 76% of votes in California, while Hillary Clinton led Democrats at 55.8% to the 43.2% of Bernie Sanders.