By Robert Haugh
Here are the results from around 10 pm last night. About 20 percent of total registered voters had their votes counted by then. Final turnout is expected to be over 30 percent.
First the easy one. Pat Nikolai is Santa Clara’s newest Police Chief. He ran unopposed. Congratulations to him.
Measure C lost big. It was the attempt to create 3 districts for 6 council seats in Santa Clara. The 49ers spent a ton of money — about $650,000 to defeat it. The Yes side spent zero dollars. So the results may not be a big surprise.
So far, the 49ers have spent $112 per vote. Wow. That number will come down once more votes come in. But it looks like they’ll spend over $60 per vote. Still wow.
The big surprise is the Assembly District 25 race. West Valley-Mission Community College District Board Trustee Anne Kepner is running third behind Bob Brunton and Alex Lee.
Brunton was the only Republican on the ballot. So he was expected to have a shot at making the runoff.
Kepner and her campaign were really confident. Kepner told some people that she might win outright in the primary. But it looks like she under performed in Santa Clara. That should have been a strong base for Kepner.