Fresno County election roundup: Easton voters elect 2 incumbents, 1 challenger

The Fresno BeeNovember 5, 2013 

Easton Community Service District voters on Tuesday returned two incumbents who support exploring a community water system, and one opponent of such a system.

Incumbents Sue Ruiz and Michael Flores said they favored exploring the idea of a water system because the area's water table is falling and wells have unsafe contaminants. Richard Koop, who said he opposes the idea as harmful to Easton's ethic of self-reliance, was also elected.

They were among seven candidates seeking seats on the district's board.

Calwa park district

Two incumbents lost their bids for new terms on the Calwa Recreation and Park District board Tuesday.

Challengers Sandra Celedon and Felicia Salcido won solid victories, while Cindy Caldwell held a narrow lead over incumbent Raul Guerra. Incumbent Timothy Tauvar placed last in a field of six candidates for three seats on the board.

The district operates a 20-acre park, where park safety and rumors of mismanagement of district funds emerged as issues.

Malaga water board

One incumbent in Malaga appears to have been ousted while two incumbents appear to have won new terms on the Malaga County Water District board Tuesday.

Incumbents Frank A. Cerrillo Jr. and Salvador A. Cerrillo were leading in unofficial final results. Challenger Carlos Tovar Jr. appears to have won the third seat, defeating incumbent Frank C. Soto. The district provides water and sewer services to the community of 1,200.

Orange Cove police

Two newcomers appear to have won seats on the Orange Cove Police Protection District. Manuel Ferreira and Andrew W. Valencia were leading Tuesday night, with incumbent Mario Villarreal trailing Valencia by 2 percentage points.

Ballot measures

Selma voters appear to have rejected by a small margin a measure to double the city's hotel occupancy tax to 12% from 6%. The measure required a simple majority for approval.

In Huron, city voters appeared to approve a measure to add 1 cent to the city's sales tax to fund police services. The measure required two-thirds approval to pass.

Fresno County election officials said vote counts won't be finalized for at least several days until they can count any last minute mail ballots and provisionals, then canvass the results.

Link: Fresno County election results

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