County clerk still counting ballots; too soon to call local elections

Lassen County Clerk Julie Bustamante said her office still has another 1,000 ballots to count, so it’s much too soon to declare winners in any of the local races.

Considering the ballots counted so far, the turn out in the Tuesday, June 7 primary election — about one in five registered voters so far —21.78 percent — appears to be low.

Results so far
In the supervisor’s District 3 race, challenger Tom Neely leads with 390 votes (59.11 percent) while incumbent Jeff Hemphill collected 253 votes (40.42 percent).

In the supervisor’s District 5 race, Thomas Traphagen leads with 281 votes (46.6 percent) followed by Jason Ingram with 252 votes (41.79 percent) and Joann Sterling with 69 votes (11.44 percent).

In the short-term Susanville City Council race, incumbent Thomas Herrera gathered 505 votes (52.82 percent) and challenger Glen Yonan collected 438 votes (45.82 percent).

Two other full-term seats are up for election on the Susanville City Council. Mayor Mendy Schuster collected 468 votes (27.21 percent); challenger Russ Brown garnered 331 votes (19.24 percent); incumbent Brian Moore earned (214 votes, 12.44 percent); while challengers James Merchant received (232 votes, 13.49 percent); Tony Ardito collected (257 votes, 10.24 percent); and Curtis Bortle garnered (214 votes, 12.44 percent).

Measure P (Susanville sales tax) is leading with 557 yes votes (54.5 percent) and 465 no votes (45.5 percent) and Measure Q (advisory measure) is also leading with 776 yes votes (77.29 percent) and 228 no votes (22.71 percent).