This is a developing story. Statistics will be updated as information from Santa Cruz County becomes available. Numbers in this story are correct as of 4 p.m. of Nov. 14. Note: Vote totals do not include overvotes and undervotes.
The dust has settled after an intense Election Day. Now, it’s time to count. About 8 percent of ballots in Santa Cruz County are left to process.
With the next update from the county coming on Tuesday afternoon, City on a Hill Press is keeping you up to date on where each local race stands.
Justin Cummings and Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson find themselves in a close race for County Supervisor, with Kalantari-Johnson slightly in the lead. This election will be historic regardless of its outcome, as both candidates identify with marginalized groups who have never been represented in the position before. If elected, Kalantari-Johnson would be the first Supervisor who is a woman of color. Cummings would become the first African American Supervisor in the city’s history.
Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson 8074 (50.61%) Justin Cummings 7740 (48.52%) Write-in 138 (0.87%) Total Votes 15952
Fred Keeley cemented a clear lead against his opponent Joy Schendledecker, who is facing her first-ever election cycle. If Keely, a professor and non-profit coordinator, is confirmed as mayor, he will bring 40 years of political experience to the table. If Schendledecker, artist and community organizer, is able to turn things around, she will offer a younger perspective on local issues.
Fred Keeley 13352 (72.77%) Joy Schendledecker 4826 (26.30%) Write-in 171 (0.93%) Total Votes 18349
Scott Newsome has the early lead in the crowded race for District 4’s council seat. An author and politics lecturer at UC Santa Cruz, Newsome emphasizes his experience with the housing crisis and his planned reforms of the Santa Cruz Police Department. He hopes to do away with city or law enforcement practices that promote racial injustice and inequality to make Santa Cruz a more welcoming place for BIPOC.
Scott Newsome 1383 (51.82%) Hector Marin 884 (33.12%) Greg Hyver 197 (7.38%) Bodie Shargel 189 (7.08%) Write-in 16 (0.60%) Total Votes 2669
Incumbent City Council Member and principal of Bay View Elementary School Renee Golder leads opponent Sean Maxwell, a small business owner and part of the Santa Cruz Planning Commission. Both longtime residents of Santa Cruz, housing and transportation have been foundational in both Golder and Maxwell’s campaigns.
Renee Golder 1804 (59.79%) Sean Maxwell 1195 (39.61%) Write-in 18 (0.6%) Total Votes 3017
A “Yes” vote on Measure K is in the lead. If passed, funding for school repairs and housing for Santa Cruz high schools and middle schools would increase. The measure needs at least 55 percent approval to be enacted.
Yes 25586 (65.07%) No 13732 (34.93%) Total Votes 39318
A “Yes” vote on Measure L is in the lead. Similarly to Measure K, it would increase funding for school repairs and upgrades Santa Cruz elementary schools. The measure needs at least 55 percent approval to be enacted.
Yes 13734 (69.02%) No 6165 (30.98%) Total Votes 8527
A “No” vote leads Measure N, also known as the Empty Home Tax. With a majority “No” vote thus far, the measure is likely to be rejected. If that is the case, no tax will be imposed on residences that remain uninhabited.
Yes 8077 (41.97%) No 11166 (58.03%) Total Votes 19,243
In one of the most divisive races of the election, Measure O is tentatively on its way to rejection. The measure would halt the planned construction of the combination affordable housing, parking garage, and library unit. It has split progressives over the cost and benefits of the construction of new housing, versus the carbon footprint of the proposal. If Measure O is not passed, the planned construction will proceed unchanged.
Yes 7652 (40.48%) No 11253 (59.52%) Total Votes 18905
Measure P, or the Transient Occupancy Tax, leads with widespread support from voters. The measure has no filed opposition. If it maintains a majority “Yes” vote, Measure P would increase taxes on local hotels and rental properties beginning January 2023.
Yes 15174 (79.60%) No 3890 (20.40%) Total Votes 19064