The $42.5 million San Benito High School facilities bond passed by just more than 1 percent of the votes needed, while the District 4 supervisorial race is headed toward a November runoff between incumbent Jerry Muenzer and challenger Victor Gomez as neither candidate received the 50 percent plus one vote needed for an outright victory in the June primary.
As of June 6, the county elections office reported that total voter turnout was just below 31 percent, with 23.53 percent voting by mail and 7.20 percent voting at the polls.
The school bond passed with 56.11 percent of the vote, just above the 55 percent needed for approval. It is targeted for facilities upgrades at the Monterey Street campus, which has had nearly 3,000 students in recent years. Proceeds from the bond, which is expected to cost property owners $30 per $100,000 in assessed valuation, will be used to upgrade or replace classrooms and labs, repair roofs, plumpbing and outdated electrical systems, add “21st Century instructional/vocational technology,” improve school safety as well as access for persons with disabilities.
In the District 4 supervisors’ race, incumbent Jerry Muenzer received just under 43 percent of the vote, short of the majority needed to avoid a November runoff. He will face two-term Hollister City Councilman Victor Gomez, who received 38.28 percent of the vote. The other challenger, Daniel Recht, received 18.67 percent of the vote. A number or local races were unopposed, such as county superintendent of schools, District 3 supervisor, assessor, and clerk/auditor/recorder, among others.
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