ELECTION UPDATE: U.S., state and county election results affecting Ojai

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Steve Bennett is new Assemblymember in 37th District.


By Austin Widger, Ojai Valley News reporter
There were various other county, state and national elections impacting the Ojai Valley that were all but over after Thursday afternoon’s election update.
37th Assembly District
Current Ventura County District 1 Supervisor Steve Bennett is the winner of California’s 37th Assembly District, with almost all precincts reporting. Bennett took 65.33 percent of the vote (67,900 votes) compared with fellow candidate Charles W. Cole, who came away with just 34.67 percent of the vote (36,034 votes).


19th state Senate District
Current state assembly member Monique Limón won her race for California’s 19th Senatorial District. With nearly all precincts reporting, Limón took 64.66 percent of the vote (121,255 votes) to Gary J. Michaels’ 35.34 percent of the vote (66,258 votes).
26th Congressional District
Incumbent U.S. Rep. Julia Brownley of the 26th Congressional District, which serves Ventura County, won re-election over challenger Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy. With the vast majority of precincts reporting, Brownley took 61.51 percent of the vote (176,490 votes), dominating Baldwin-Kennedy’s 38.49 percent of the vote (110,425 votes).
County Measure O
Measure O — Ventura County’s pilot cannabis cultivation program — passed with 56.99 percent of voters (193,405 votes) saying yes, compared with the 43.01 percent (145,952 votes) who said no.
Ventura County Board of Supervisors
For Ventura County Board of Supervisors District 5, Oxnard Councilwoman Carmen Ramirez edged out Oxnard Mayor Tim Flynn for the win. 
Ventura Mayor Matt LaVere is replacing Bennett for the BOS district representing the Ojai Valley after his victory in the March primaries.
State Proposition 15
California’s Proposition 15, which would tax properties based on current market value rather than purchase price and increase property taxes on commercial properties for funding to local governments and schools, was being defeated as of press time. With 73 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, 51.7 percent of voters (6,161,254 votes) said no, while 48.3 percent of voters (5,749,866 votes) said yes.
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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