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Voters Give Thumbs Up For Measure Y
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Oakdale voters overwhelmingly approved continuation of a half-cent sales tax in voting on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Measure Y got 2,145 ‘Yes’ votes to 927 ‘No’ votes, passing by a 70 to 30 percent margin. The approval means the half-cent sales tax, with the bulk of the money earmarked for public safety and community services, will continue for another five years.

Other results from the election showed Mayor Pat Paul receiving 2,196 votes in her unopposed bid for reelection, receiving 91 percent of the vote. There were also a total of 222 write-in votes, accounting for 9 percent.

New Oakdale City Council members Cherilyn Bairos (1,873 votes) and J.R. McCarty (1,671) were unopposed in their run for two available seats on the council. There were also 59 write in votes for council candidates.

Local representatives fared well in the county as well, with Congressman Jeff Denham polling 57 percent of the Stanislaus County vote to 43 percent for Michael Eggman; Assembly member Kristin Olsen garnered 67 percent of the Stanislaus County vote totals over challenger Harinder Grewal, with 33 percent.

In neighboring Riverbank, incumbents Cal Campbell (1,180 votes) and Leanne Jones Cruz (1,082) appeared ready to reclaim their seats on the Riverbank City Council over challenger Larry King (786 votes).