ELECTION UPDATE: Victors emerge in election water wars: CMWD, OVSD, MOWD

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Pete Kaiser 


By Austin Widger, Ojai Valley News reporter


The results are in for the various Ojai Valley water election races.

CMWD Division 3

For Casitas Municipal Water District Division 3, incumbent Pete Kaiser has won re-election. With over 70 percent of precincts reporting, Kaiser took 60.74 percent of the vote (2,958 votes), Irene V. Henry received 25.09 percent of the vote (1,222 votes), and Jeff Ketelsen had 14.17 percent of the vote (690 votes).

Kaiser said about his victory: “Overall, I’m humbled to get that full support of the public. I’m looking forward to very, very earnestly taking on this next four years. There’s a lot of big things that are going to be facing the water district,” including “making sure that we take care of the water security issues as we continue through this drought. My plans are to maintain the full transparency of the information to the public, something that I started during my presidential term when we had the first State of the District. … I want to make sure the public is well aware of what we are doing, what we are achieving. I’m going to keep on fighting to make sure that the best interest of the folks up here is looked at when it comes to this adjudication lawsuit that we’ve been engaged with.”

He added that it is important for the district to maintain the justified equitable water rates for all users in the district.

In the other CMWD race, which was for Division 2 serving the downtown Ventura area, Neil Cole is the winner with a significant margin of victory.

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Lowell Martinson


Ojai Valley Sanitary District

Two Ojai Valley Sanitary District seats were open. In OVSD Division 3, Lowell Martinson (62.07 percent, 1,026 votes) earned a resounding victory over Jeff Ketelsen (37.93 percent, 627 votes).

For OVSD Division 5, James Kentosh (54.23 percent, 852 votes) took a narrow victory over Robin Gerber (45.77 percent, 719 votes).









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James Kentosh















Meiners Oaks Water District

In the Meiners Oaks Water District, three candidates ran for two open seats. With 64.71 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Diana Engle (48.50 percent, 1,053 votes) and newcomer Christian Oakland (31.46 percent, 683 votes) won the two seats, leaving John Russell (20.04 percent, 435 votes) as the odd candidate out.

The next Ventura County Elections Division vote count update will be Tuesday and Thursday afternoons through the 30-day canvassing period. Check the Elections Division for all the vote counts in Ventura County at:





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