Voters in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties made decisions ranging from re-election of county officers to the apparent narrow defeat of a ballot measure to require specific funding for infrastructure projects.
In Santa Barbara County, results so far showed voters narrowly defeated Measure "M," which would have mandated the maintenance and upkeep of county roads and buildings at current levels. Critics said it could harm other county projects while supporters believed it would have forced supervisors to spend money first on infrastructure projects. The vote on the measure was close, only 1,412 votes.
Santa Barbara County voters re-elected Sheriff Bill Brown and Supervisor Janet Wolf to new terms. Bill Brown defeated Sandra Brown (no relation) who works in the sheriff's office. Wolf fended off former Goleta Mayor Roger Aceves who mounted a highly visible campaign with a large number of commercials on local television. Supervisor Steve Lavagnino from Santa Maria was unopposed as he successfully sought another term on the board.
In San Luis Obispo County, voters did not immediately re-elect appointed Supervisor Caren Ray who was named to the southern SLO County District 4 seat after the death of Paul Teixeira. Lynn Compton bested Ray by 384 votes. Mike Byrd placed third in the race, which denied Compton and Ray the votes required to win, forcing a runoff during the November general election. In District 2, incumbent Bruce Gibson won another term on the board, defeating challenge Muril Clift.
SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson was unpposed in his bid for another term. The SLO County District Attorney's race pitted two current members of the DA staff against each other. Dan Dow defeated Tony Covello by more than 3,700 votes.
In Morro Bay, incumbent Mayor Jamie Irons defeated challenger Carla Wixom.
In the local race for Congress, incumbent Democratic Rep. Lois Capps easily bested a field of several Republicans, with challenger Chris Mitchum edging Justin Fareed by 914 votes. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Associated Press had not yet declared Mitchum as the candidate who would advance to face Capps in the November general election.
In a Ventura County Congressional race, incumbent Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley will face Republican Jeff Gorrell in the general election. Brownley bested Gorrell by 1,163 votes in the primary.
Follow the links below for the latest local and statewide election results: