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General Election 2022: Preliminary results for Central Coast races

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KCBX News has some unofficial preliminary results for the November 8 general election from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Monterey County elections offices.

Full unofficial numbers are available at each county's respective election results page, linked below.

This article was originally published on November 8 at 9:30p.m. and will be updated periodically as more updates are released.

Unofficial Results for key Central Coast races - updated Wednesday 11/16, 4:00p.m.

San Luis Obispo County Election Results

San Luis Obispo City Council race

This year, four candidates are running to be San Luis Obispo’s newest city council members. With two seats available, Emily Francis, Joe Benson, James Papp and Incumbent Michelle Shoresman are running.

With about 51% of the votes in, incumbent Michelle Shoresman is leading the race at about 36%. Closely behind is Emily Francis at about 32%, and trailing after that is Joe Benson at about 19% and James Papp at about 13%.

  • Michelle Shoresman: 35.80%
  • Emily Francis: 32.25%
  • Joe Benson: 18.96%
  • James Papp: 12.99%

San Luis Obispo Mayoral race

Four candidates are running to be San Luis Obispo's mayor. With about 51% of the votes counted, incumbent Erica Stewart is in the lead at about 72%. Following behind are Richard Orcutt at about 14%, Jeffery Specht at about 13%, and Donald Hedrick at about 2%.

  • Erica Stewart: 71.66%
  • Richard Orcutt: 14.12%
  • Jeffery Specht: 12.59%
  • Donald Hedrick:  1.63%

Morro Bay Mayoral race

Incumbent John Headding is running against local restaurant owner Carla Wixom to be Morro Bay's newest Mayor. With about 59% of the votes in, Wixom is leading the race at about 59%, while Headding trails behind at about 42%.

  • Carla Wixom: 58.38%
  • John Headding: 41.62%

Morro Bay City Councilmember race

Five candidates are running to be Morro Bay's newest city council member. With two seats available, Robin "Zara" Landrum, Cyndee Edwards, Sarah Smith Robinson, Casey G. Cordes and David "Dave" Duringer are running.

With about 59% of the votes counted, Landrum is leading the race at about 25%, with Edwards closely behind at about 22%.

  • Robin "Zara" Landrum: 25.02%
  • Cyndee Edwards: 21.98%
  • Sarah Smith Robinson: 20.76%
  • Casey Cordes: 18.38%
  • David "Dave" Duringer: 13.86%

Arroyo Grande Mayoral race

There are three candidates running to be Arroyo Grande's mayor. With about 49% of the votes counted, candidate Caren Ray Russom is leading the race at about 65%, while Gaea Powell trails behind at about 25%, and Dale Hanson falls last at about 10%.

  • Caren Ray Russom: 64.86%
  • Gaea Powell: 25.34%
  • Dale T. Hanson: 9.79%

Arroyo Grande, City Council - District 4 race

Two candidates are running to be Arroyo Grande's district 4 councilmember. With about 44% of the votes counted, candidate James Robert Gutherie is leading at about 65%, and Ben Franco falls behind at about 35%.

  • James Robert Gutherie: 64.81%
  • Ben Franco: 35.19%

Atascadero City Councilmember race

For Atascadero City Council, there are two seats available and three candidates are running. With about 54% of the votes counted, the top two candidates are Heather Newsom and Susan Funk at about 44%.

  • Heather Newsom: 43.44%
  • Susan Funk: 43.15%
  • Bret Heinemann: 13.41%

Grover Beach Mayoral race

Two candidates are running to be Grover Beach's mayor — candidate Karen Bright and Stacy Korsgaden. With about 41% of the votes counted, Bright is leading the race at about 54% while Korsgaden falls behind at about 46%.

  • Karen Bright: 54.19%
  • Stacy A. Korsgaden: 45.81%

Grover Beach, City Council - District 2 race

Two candidates are running to be Grover Beach's district two city councilmember — Daniel Rushing and Ron Arnoldsen. With about 41% of the votes counted, Rushing is leading the race at about 58%, and Arnoldsen falls behind at about 42%.

  • Daniel Rushing: 58.32%
  • Ron Arnoldsen: 41.68%

Paso Robles Mayoral race

Two candidates are running to be Paso Robles' mayor — Steven Martin and Michael Rivera. With about 46% of the votes counted, Martin is leading the race at about 57%, and Rivera is behind at about 43%.

  • Steven Martin: 57.45%
  • Michael Rivera: 42.55%

Pismo Beach City Councilmember race

Five candidates running to be Pismo Beach's newest city council member. With two seats available, Mary Ann Reiss, Stacy Inman, Kevin Carl Kreowski, Erik Howell and Debora Ann Lossing are running.

With about 53% of the votes counted, Reiss is leading the race at about 28%, with Edwards closely behind at about 24%.

  • Mary Ann Reiss: 27.81%
  • Stacy Inman: 24.43%
  • Kevin Carl Kreowski: 20.86%
  • Erik Howell: 18.74%
  • Debora Ann Lossing: 8.15%

San Luis Obispo, District 2, County Supervisor race

Incumbent Bruce Gibson is running against challenger Bruce Jones for the District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors. With about 54% of the votes in, Gibson is leading at about 52%, while Jones trails closely behind at about 48%.

  • Bruce Gibson: 52.08%
  • Bruce Jones: 47.92%

School Bond Measure C-22 for San Luis Coastal School District

The "yes" vote for the local school bond measure is ahead at 62.96%, compared to the "no" vote at 37.04%.

You can find San Luis Obispo County election results at slocounty.ca.gov

Santa Barbara County Election Results

Buellton Mayoral race

Two candidates are running to be Buellton's Mayor — Elysia Lewis and Dave King. With about 63% of the votes counted, Lewis is narrowly ahead at about 51%, while King is behind at about 49%.

  • Elysia Lewis: 50.59%
  • Dave King: 48.77%

Buellton City Council - District 1 race

Two candidates are running to be the City of Buellton's district one City councilmember — Hudson Hornick and Tom Widroe. With about 67% of the votes counted, Hornick is in the lead at about 56%.

  • Hudson Hornick: 55.41%
  • Tom Widroe: 44.02%

Buellton City Council - District 4 race

Two candidates are running to be Buellton's district 4 City Councilmember — David Silva and Art Mercado. With about 62% of the votes counted, Silva is in the lead at about 55%, while Mercado is behind at about 44%.

  • David Silva: 54.78%
  • Art Mercado: 44.16%

Carpinteria City Council - District 5 race

There are three candidates running to be Carpinteria's district five City Councilmember — Al Clark, Gregg Carty and Patrick O'Connor. With about 65% of the votes counted, Clark is in the lead at about 54%.

  • Al Clark: 54.15%
  • Gregg A. Carty: 34.52%
  • Patrick O' Connor: 10.03%

Goleta City Council - District 1 race

Two candidates are running to be Goleta's district one city councilmember — Luz Reyes-Martin and Roger S. Aceves. With about 66% of the votes counted, Reyes-Martin is leading the race at about 59%, while Aceves is behind at about 41%.

  • Luz Reyes-Martin: 58.50%
  • Roger S. Aceves: 41.06%

Goleta City Council - District 2 race

There's two candidates running to be Goleta's district 2 city councilmember — James Kyriaco and Sam Ramirez. With about 53% of the votes counted, Kyriaco is in the lead at about 56%, while Ramirez is behind at about 43%.

  • James Kyriaco: 56.34%
  • Sam Ramirez: 43.43%

Lompoc Mayoral race

Incumbent Jennelle Osborne is running against local business owner James Mosby for the seat of Lompoc's Mayor. With about 42% of the votes in, Osborne is leading at about 54% with Mosby trailing behind at about 45%.

  • Jenelle Osborne: 54.20%
  • James Mosby: 45.04%

Santa Maria City Council - District 3 race

Incumbent candidate Gloria Soto is running against local business owner Steven Funkhouser. With about 38% of the votes in, it's a tight race with Soto narrowly ahead at about 50%, while Funkhouser trails closely behind at about 49%.

  • Steven Funkhouser: 49.46%
  • Gloria Soto: 50.23%

Santa Maria City Council - District 4 race

Two candidates are running to be Santa Maria's district 4 city council seat — Maribel Aguilera-Hernandez and Carol Karamitsos. With about 47% of the votes in, Aguilera-Hernandez is ahead at about 54%, while Karamitsos trails behind at about 45%.

  • Maribel Aguilera-Hernandez: 53.86%
  • Carol Karamitsos: 45.45%

Solvang City Council - District 3 race

There's three candidates running to be Solvang's district three city councilmember — David Brown, V. Louise Smith and Janice Matthews. With about 47% of the votes counted, Brown is in the lead at about 47%.

  • David Brown: 47.30%
  • V. Louise Smith: 41.89%
  • Janice Matthews: 9.80%

Solvang City Council - District 4 race

There's two candidates running to be Solvang's district four city councilmember — Elizabeth Orona and Robert Clarke. With about 65% of the votes counted, Orona is in the lead at about 51%.

  • Elizabeth Orona: 50.96%
  • Robert Clarke: 48.72%

You can find Santa Barbara election results at countyofsb.org

State Assembly 30th District

  • Dawn Addis: 62.9%
  • Vicki Nohrden: 37.1%

State Assembly 37th District

  • Gregg Hart: 58.7%
  • Mike Stoker: 41.3%


Monterey County Election Results — updated Friday 11/18, 12:30pm

Salinas Mayoral race

Incumbent Kimbley Craig is running against Amit Pandya for the mayor position. With about 37% of votes in, Craig is leading the race at about 62%, with Pandya trailing behind at about 38%.

  • Kimbley Craig 61.58%
  • Amit Pandya: 38.42%

Salinas City Council - District 3 race

Two candidates are running to be Salinas' district 3 city councilmember — Cary Swensen and Steve Mcshane. With about 52% of the votes counted, McShane is in the lead at about 57%.

  • Steve McShane: 57.15%
  • Cary Swensen: 42.85%

Salinas City Council - District 5 race

Two candidates are running to be Salinas' district five city councilmember — Christie Cromeenes and Jose Andrew Sandoval. With about 36% of the votes counted, Sandoval is in the lead at about 57%.

  • Christie Cromeenes: 43.05%
  • Jose Andrew Sandoval: 56.95%

Soledad Mayoral race

There's two candidates running to be Soledad's Mayor — Anna Velazquez and Maria Corralejo. With about 34% of the votes counted, Velazquez is in the lead at about 63%.

  • Anna M. Velazquez: 64.89%
  • Maria Corralejo: 35.11%

Soledad City Council race

This year, three candidates are running to be Soledad’s newest city council members. With two seats available, Fernando Cabrera, Alejandro Chavez and Marisela Lara are running. With about 34% of the votes counted, Cabrera is in the lead at about 37%.

  • Fernando Cabrera: 36.97%
  • Alejandro Chavez: 34.47%
  • Marisela Lara: 28.56%

Board of Supervisors - District 2 race

Two candidates are running to be Monterey County's district two supervisor. With about 43% of the votes in, Glenn Church is leading the race at about 59%, with Regina Gage trailing behind at about 41%.

  • Glenn Church: 59.01%
  • Regina Gage: 40.99%

Monterey County Sheriff race

Two candidates are running to be Monterey County's Sheriff. With about 49% of the votes in, candidate Tina Nieto is leading the race with about 66% of votes, while candidate Joe Moses trails behind with about 34% of the votes.

  • Tina Nieto: 65.70%
  • Joe Moses: 34.30%

You can find the latest Monterey County general election results at montereycountyelections.us.


State Assembly

State Assembly District 37

Democratic candidate Gregg Hart is running against Republican candidate Mike Stoker to represent California’s 37th district, which covers Santa Barbara County and parts of southern San Luis Obispo County. Hart is leading the race at 58.77% while Stoker trails behind at 41.23%.

  • Gregg Hart: 58.77%
  • Mike Stoker: 41.23%

Central Coast Congressional Races

19th Congressional District

Democrat Jimmy Panetta is running against Republican candidate Jeff Gorman to represent California's 19th district. Panetta is leading the race at 69.4% while Gorman trails behind at 30.6%. The Associated Press has called this race in favor of Panetta.

  • Jimmy Panetta: 69.4%
  • Jeff Gorman: 30.6%

24th Congressional District

Democrat Salud Carbajal is facing challenger Brad Allen, a Republican. Carbajal leads the race at 61.3%, trailed by Allen at 38.7%. The Associated Press has called this race in favor of Carbajal.

  • Salud Carbajal: 61.3%
  • Brad Allen: 38.7%

Election results pages

San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder

Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder

Monterey County Elections 

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