Incumbent Oakdale City Council member Cherilyn Bairos was returned to the dais, with final vote totals verified by the Stanislaus County Registrar of Voters office; she will be joined by newcomer Christopher Smith on the panel.
Vote totals from the Nov. 6 election show Bairos polling 4,613 votes in her bid for reelection and Smith receiving 3,248. Teresa Kinney, who also sought to fill one of the two available council posts, was third with 2,930 votes. There were 79 write-in votes as well.
For the Mayor’s position, current council member J.R. McCarty ran unopposed to fill the seat being vacated by longtime Mayor Pat Paul. McCarty received 5,804 votes in his bid; there were 335 write-ins.
Bairos, Smith and McCarty will be officially sworn in to office at a special Oakdale City Council meeting, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Gene Bianchi Community Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale.
Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan announced the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election canvass of the vote was completed on Friday, Nov. 30. Stanislaus County certified its election results, which are posted on the election website, www.stanvote.com.
The final results also show that Measure C for the City of Oakdale, a cannabis business tax, was approved by a 5,242 ‘yes’ to 2,280 ‘no’ vote margin.
In the race for the Oak Valley Hospital District board, incumbents Dan Cummins and Dr. Edward Chock will return to the panel and will be joined by newcomer Dr. Chet Mahida, who received the most votes in the race. There were four candidates for the three open seats.
California law required certification of this election to take place on or before Dec. 6, which is 30 days following Election Day. This was a gubernatorial general election and included all of Stanislaus County voters.
Lundrigan said 651 volunteer election officers worked to support this Gubernatorial General Election which included 23 adopt-a-poll volunteer organizations, 89 student poll workers and 14 field inspectors.
Stanislaus County had 247,833 registered voters eligible to cast their ballot in this election, of which 159,223 voted. There were 125,637 ballots cast by mail in Stanislaus County compared with 33,586 Stanislaus voters going to the polls on Election Day. Voter turnout was 64.25 percent in this election.