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Paso Robles voters cast ballots for mayor, city council, multiple measures

Posted: 8:55 AM, Nov 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 11:53:16-05

(UPDATE) 8:40 a.m. — With a nearly 700 vote lead, it appears incumbent Steve Mayor will remain Paso Robles mayor. Mayor leads the race with 55% of the votes to Jim Reed’s 45%.

In the City Council seat races, John Hamon and Maria Elena Garcia are leading in the ballot counts with 30% and 27% respectively. Michael Rivera has 22% and Andy Pekema rounds out the field with 21%. The top two vote getters will join the council.

(11:30 p.m.) Voters in Paso Robles had several issues to consider on this November’s ballot.

In the race for mayor, early results showed incumbent Steve Martin leading current city council member Jim Reed with nearly 55 percent of the vote.

Four people were running for two seats on the city council. John Hamon was leading with 31 percent of the vote, followed by Maria Elena Garcia with 25 percent, Michael Rivera with 22 percent, and Andy Pekema with 21 percent.

Voters also had four ballot measures to consider.

Measure H would change the office of city clerk to an appointed position. Early results show “yes” votes totaling 54 percent.

Measure I, a cannabis business tax, appears poised for passage with 69 percent “yes” votes.

Measure K, a half-cent sales tax, was failing with 55 percent “no” votes.

However, Measure N which would ensure that revenues generated by Measure K be used primarily for road repairs and maintenance, was passing with nearly 74 percent “yes” votes.