Voepel secures seat in California’s 71st assembly district

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The March 3 primary election is due to be certified by April 10, but with only 51,000 votes left to count in Riverside County, it’s easy to predict the outcome in some of the more visible, and in some cases, hotly contested races.

Incumbent state Assembly Rep. Randy Voepel, R-Santee defeated challenger Elizabeth Lavertu, securing 61.8% of the vote to her 38.2%.

Over in the U.S. House of Representatives 41st Congressional District, incumbent Mark Takano, D-Riverside, was the top vote-getter at 50.4%, defeating Republican Aja Smith, 34.4%, and Democrat Grace Williams, 15.2%.

At the county level, 1st District Supervisor Kevin Jefferies, with 51.8% of the vote, and 3rd District Supervisor Chuck Washington, 56.8%, will both retain their seats.

When the counting is complete, Proposition 13, the Bonds to Fund Public Education Facilities, will have failed to pass voter scrutiny. With a more than 600,000 vote lead, the measure was voted down by California residents who showed their unhappiness with the state attempting to impose yet another tax on them.

Here are the preliminary results for the primary election throughout the area as of press time, Tuesday, March 17, at 5 p.m.

For the most recent results, visit www.myvalleynews.com.

Special Election – Calif. Senate 28th District

Melissa Melendez – 41.5%

Anna Nevenic – 2.9%

Elizabeth Romero – 21.7%

John Schwab – 13.4%

Joy Silver – 20.6%

Riverside County Supervisors

District 1

Kevin Jefferies (I) – 51.8%

Debbie Walsh – 24.1%

Melissa Bourbonnais – 24.1%

District 3

Chuck Washington (I) – 56.8%

Joe Scarafone – 12.7%

Courtney Sheehan – 13.2%

Mike Juarez – 8.7%

Edison Gomez-Krauss – 8.6%

California Assembly

42nd District

Chad Mayes (I) – 35.3%

Andrew F. Kotyuk – 33.7%

Deni Antoinette Mazingo – 30.9%

71st District

Randy Voepel – 61.8%

Elizabeth Lavertu – 38.2%

U.S. House of Representatives

41st District

Mark Takano (I) – 50.4%

Aja Smith – 34.4%

Grace Williams – 15.2%


Yes – 46.3%

No – 53.7%

Kim Harris can be reached by email at valleyeditor@reedermedia.com.