Voter’s Market

Incumbent Fernando Armenta was out-fundraised by challenger Luis Alejo, who swept the evening.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ message about taking money and influence out of politics has resonated mightily with voters across the country and in Monterey County (an estimated 7,800 people showed up to hear him speak at Colton Hall last week). But money has continued pouring into local races.

County supervisor candidates alone have raised $1.7 million and counting – and that’s just for the primary. (One of those races will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.) Total fundraising and spending for this election cycle won’t be known until June 30, the next deadline for campaign finance reporting. The latest reports go through May 26, but there are more recent records: In the 90 days prior to Election Day, candidates are required to report any donation of $1,000 or more within 24 hours.

The Weekly added up the latest campaign fundraising figures available as of press time, charted below as total fundraising for this election. We also calculated the per-voter fundraising in select races, based on the number of registered voters in each district.

What the candidates spent trying to win your vote.

Counting It Twice

This is the first year that elections officials in California are required to continue accepting vote-by-mail ballots that are postmarked by election day for three days (in this case, June 10). That means we’re still days from having a total count, which will then get certified by Monterey County Registrar of Voters Claudio Valenzuela by July 7.

Here’s a look at the semi-official results as of 8:23am Wednesday, June 8, with 100 percent of precincts reporting:

Presidential primary: After New Jersey results came in, Hillary Clinton delivered her Democratic nomination acceptance speech as California polls were closing. She won 56 percent of the California vote to Bernie Sanders’ 43 percent, the same margins as in Monterey County. Donald Trump took 75 percent of the state GOP vote and 70 percent in Monterey County.

Congress, District 20: Jimmy Panetta (72 percent) and Casey Lucius (20 percent) will be on the ballot in the general election Nov. 8. Three candidates were eliminated.

State Senate District 17: Bill Monning bested Palmer Kain with 68 percent. They’re the only two candidates in a two-way race, so expect a redux of the same race in November.

Assembly District 29: Mark Stone led with 75 percent over Sierra Roberts. They’ll face off again Nov. 8.

Assembly District 30: Anna Caballero (46 percent) and Karina Cervantez Alejo (25 percent). Since California’s open primary law took effect in 2011, the top two vote-getters – regardless of party affiliation – go to the general election, leaving two Democrats and no Republicans headed for a Nov. 8 faceoff. The two Republican contenders have been eliminated.

County Supervisor District 1: Fernando Armenta (27 percent) and Luis Alejo (48 percent) head to a runoff in November. Tony Barrera was in a close third (26 percent).

County Supervisor District 4: Jane Parker securely held onto her seat with 57 percent of the vote; Dennis Donohue, 36 percent and Alex Miller, 7 percent.

County Supervisor District 5: Mary Adams ousted Dave Potter with 56 percent of the vote.

Measure C, Salinas fireworks ban: 55 percent said yes, overturning a ban enacted by City Council and restoring a July 4 program called “safe and sane” fireworks.

To view an archive of the Weekly’s election coverage this year, visit

Sara Rubin loves long public meetings, red pens and reading (on newsprint). She has been editor of the Monterey County Weekly since 2016, and has been on staff since 2010.

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