Oh Happy Day: Monterey County Election Results June 2008

With everything counted but provisional ballots and mail ballots turned in on election day, Jane Parker is leading Ila Mettee-McCutchon 4,364 to 4,075. We don’t know how many provisional and election day mail ballots remain, but we do know they aren’t likely to erase Jane’s 289 vote margin.

The election of Jane Parker fundamentally shifts the dynamics of county politics toward planning focused on ensuring an economically and environmentally sustainable future and away from the “business as usual” approach that has been paving our best farmlands and facilitating urban sprawl, while allowing roads and other infrastructure to deteriorate and water tables to be drawn down to crisis levels.

While there is still much work to be done, the importance of Jane’s election and the significance of the shift it represents simply cannot be overstated.

Meanwhile, Bill Monning has, as expected, handily won the Democratic nomination for the 27th Assembly District. We are fortunate indeed to have a candidate of Bill’s caliber to replace the outgoing John Laird.

Dave Potter has been re-elected to the Board of Supervisors with nearly 74% of the vote. He will no doubt be looking forward to Jane’s arrival!

Oh Happy Day, indeed.

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