With none of the five candidates able to obtain a majority of votes, the race for 3rd District Supervisor will continue until November, in the form of a run-off election between Doreen Farr and Steve Pappas.
With all precincts reporting, Farr came in first, receiving 35.71 percent of the vote. She will face Pappas — who garnered 25.02 percent of the vote — in the November run-off.
Pappas edged out former 3rd District Planning Commissioner David Smyser, who received 21.08 percent of the vote. Dr. Dave Bearman and Victoria Pointer received 9.91 and 8.02 percent of the vote, respectively.
Farr, who held an Election Day party at Hollister Brewing Company in Goleta last night, called the results a victory and said she was ready for the extended contest.
“This is the first step in a two step process,” Farr said. “We will ramp up again for the fall but it’s looking good. I am so pleased with the positive campaign we ran and the positive message we’ve given to the district.”
Pappas, who held his campaign event in Los Olivos in the Santa Ynez Valley, said that despite a low turnout, his second place finish was a victory of sorts.
“I think we’ve won… second — which means we’ve won,” Pappas said. “We had a lower turnout than expected… but everyone has been reminding me it wasn’t a presidential primary, so that’s not all that bad.”
When asked about the next stage of his candidacy, Pappas said he was looking forward to recuperating before answering that question.
“I just want to go to bed for about three days, and then you can ask me what’s next,” Pappas said.
Turn out was significantly lower than the 2004 3rd District Supervisor election, with approximately 12,400 people voting yesterday compared to 23,045 four years ago.
As of midnight, it appeared that Proposition 98, a proposed amendment to the California Constitution that would limit the government’s authority on issues of eminent domain while also abolishing rent control, would fail to garner the necessary votes to pass. With 51 percent of precincts reporting, the proposition was losing 41.2 percent to 58.8. However, Proposition 99 — which limits the government’s authority to use eminent domain to take a home and transfer it to a private developer — appeared likely to pass, getting a “yes” vote from 63.3 percent of the state.
Measure V, which advocated for over $77 million worth of bonds to be allocated to Santa Barbara City College for the repair and improvement of academic facilities, passed with 69.92 percent of the vote and 100 percent of precincts reporting.
For official election results, visit http://www.sbcvote.com/elect/resources/results06_2008/results-1.htm.
— Kristin Ferrell and Taylor Haggerty contributed to this article.