Measure C, the $485 million bond to improve facilities in the State Center Community College District, including construction of a permanent Oakhurst campus, passed last week with 64.2% support.
Additionally, in the races of incumbents Congressman Tom McClintock (R-4th) and State Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-5th), both finished the June primary with large leads which advanced them to the November election against number two finishers Robert Derlet and Robert Carabas.
As part of Measure C, $25 million has been promised to go towards construction of a permanent Oakhurst campus, district officials said, in order to replace its 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.”
Of the total support from all voters in SCCCD, 58.4% of Madera County voters supported Measure C, with a total 21,553 people, or 39.9% of those registered, who cast their votes.
Bigelow, a Republican businessman and rancher from O’Neals, finished with 60.2%, and will face Carabas, a Democrat who secured 22.7%, in the November election.
McClintock, a Repbulican from Elk Grove, finished with 61.2% of the vote and will go up against challenger Derlet, a Democrat, who won 28.1%.