Despite a litany of complaints about a chronic lack of jail space and a spirited challenge from a retired sergeant, voters on Tuesday returned Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko to another four years in office.
Unofficial results from the Shasta County Elections Department show Bosenko with 10,609 votes, or 52 percent, compared to his challenger, John Greene, who received 9,743 votes for 47.8 percent.
More than 20,000 absentee, provisional and vote-by-mail ballots remain to be processed, according to Cathy Darling Allen, Shasta County’s clerk and registrar of voters. Out of 99,766 registered voters in Shasta County, some 21,405 ballots were returned for a voter turnout of 21.46 percent.
In the hotly contested District 1 Supervisorial race, 20-year incumbent David Kehoe and challenger Joe Chimenti, the executive director of the Shasta Builders Exchange, are headed to a runoff election on Nov. 6.
Chimenti received 1,501 votes, or 37.4 percent, to edge out Kehoe’s 1,467 votes (36.6 percent).
Former Redding City Council member Missy McArthur trailed with 1,036 votes (25.8 percent). Without a candidate receiving 50 percent of the votes, the top two vote-getters move on to the runoff election.
In the District 5 race for a seat on the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, incumbent Les Baugh is a whisker away from avoiding a runoff with 2,035 votes or 49.8 percent.
Anderson City Council member Melissa Hunt is his closest challenger with 1,617 votes, or 39.6 percent. Alex Madrigal received 420 votes (10.3 percent).
As expected, Cong. Doug LaMalfa, R-Richvale, cruised to the November runoff with 11,732 votes, or 54.6 percent. The 1st District incumbent will face Chico resident Audrey Denney, who received 2,591 votes (12.1 percent) to edge out perennial Republican challenger and Happy Valley resident Gregory Cheadle, who received 2,453 votes or 11.4 percent.
Caleen Sisk, chief of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe and a last-minute entry into the race for the 1st District statehouse seat, was the second-highest vote-getter and will face incumbent Brian Dahle, R-Bieber, in the November runoff.
Sisk, who is vying to become the first Native American woman in the state legislature and the first woman to represent far Northern California since 1976, received 3,219 votes or 15 percent. Dahle, the Assembly Republican leader, received 14,932 votes or 69 percent.
Redding school bond
Measure B, a $28 million bond to fund modernization projects for the eight campuses in the Redding School District, was approved by district voters with 60.6 percent saying yes. The measure needed 55 percent to pass.
Shasta Lake fire tax
Voters in the Shasta Lake Fire Protection District rejected Measure A, which would have created a $100-per-year property tax for each homeowner to fund emergency medical response and firefighting services in Shasta Lake.
Some 52 percent of the voters said no; 47.7 percent said yes.
Political newcomer Debra Lucero, the executive director of the Shasta County Arts Council, defeated incumbent Larry Wahl to capture the 3rd District seat on the Butte County Board of Supervisors. Unofficial results had Lucero with 54.6 percent of the vote.