By EMMA GOULARTE
The votes are in, the people have decided. In the midterm election of 2018, the county of Solano voted for the state governor, the United States Senator, School Board, City Council, 12 propositions, and measurement E.
In the race for State governor there were two candidates, Gavin Newsom and John H. Cox. Newsom won the race with 59% of the votes. He is a democrat, lieutenant governor, and a businessman. John H. Cox is a Republican and he lost with 40% of the votes.
The United States Senator Candidates were Kevin De Leon and Dianne Feinstein, who were both part of the democratic party. Feinstein won with 54% of the votes.
In Benicia, there were three spots open for school board members but there were five candidates. Sheri Zada – a retired school librarian, Diane Ferrucci – a previous office holder, and Mark Maselli- a public school teacher, got the three spots. The other candidates that didn’t make the cut were Andrean Hayashi, who is a real estate agent and Gethsemane Moss, who is a community engagement director did not get a spot on the school board.
The City Council candidates are Lionel Largaespada, a economic development board member, William Emes Jr., a retired journeyman carpenter, Christina Strawbridge, a small business owner, and Kari Birdseye, a planning commissioner. Christina Strawbridge and Lionel Largaespada won the election and got to fill the last two remaining spots on the council.
There were 12 propositions that people voted for, seven of the propositions had a majority that said yes. Proposition 1 is to authorize bonds to fund housing assistance programs which was voted yes. Proposition 2 authorized bonds to fund housing programs for people with a mental illness, which was voted yes. Proposition 3, which was to authorize bonds to fund projects for water supply and quality, water conveyance, and groundwater sustainability and storage, was voted no. Proposition 4 authorizes bonds funding construction at hospitals providing health care to children was voted yes. Proposition 5 changes requirements for certain property owners to transfer their property tax to replacement property was voted no. Proposition 6 eliminates certain road repair and transportation funding was voted no. Proposition 7, allowing Legislature to change daylight saving period, was voted yes. Proposition 8 regulates amounts outpatient kidney dialysis clinics charge for dialysis treatment, which was voted no. Proposition 10, expanding local governments’ authority to enact rent control on residential property, was voted no. Proposition 11, requiring private-sector emergency ambulance employees to remain on-call during work breaks, was voted yes. Finally, proposition 12, establishing new standards for confinement of specific farm animals, was voted yes.
The final thing the city of Benicia had to vote for was measurement E. This measurement is to tax cannabis business, and was voted yes.