Leading Butte County Candidates React to June Primary 2018 Results

On Wednesday, Butte County supervisor leading candidates reacted to the results of the June primary election.

Posted: Jun. 6, 2018 6:09 PM

Butte County, Calif. -- On Wednesday, Butte County supervisor leading candidates reacted to the results of the June primary election.

The Butte County Clerk Recorder's office is still tallying the votes received from mail-in ballots. The office has 30 days from June 5th to certify the election results.

"June primaries, right, selecting candidates for the June primary, where turn out is likely to be low, you can't exactly predict who is going to turn out, which means it's also hard to predict who is going to win," said Andy Potter, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Chico State.

In the race for the supervisor district two spot, Debra Lucero is the leading candidate over incumbent supervisor Larry Wahl in the race for the district two seat. Lucero had 55% of the vote to Wahl's 45%.

"It's not particularly surprising, even though Larry Wahl has won the last two elections. You know, an election that's decided in a June primary that involves students, it's not going to be easy to predict what's going to happen," said Potter.

On Wednesday afternoon, Lucero reacted to being the leading candidate.

"I'm very excited, I'm honored that the district, the people of district two voted me in, I'm thrilled," said Lucero.

This was Lucero's first run at elected office. If the final results declare her the winner, Lucero will be replacing Wahl who held his seat for eight years.

"I don't think that Larry and I could be more different in a lot of ways so I feel it's looking forward," said Lucero.

Lucero said she hopes to focus on solution-based governance. 

"We have really big issues and I don't think any one jurisdiction is going to be able to cover this. We need a lot of collaboration," said Lucero.

Wahl is a Vietnam veteran and has also served on the Chico City Council and the City Planning Commission.

'Needless to say, I'm disappointed, I would have liked to have been on the winning side and it wasn't meant to be so we'll move on and do other things," said Wahl.

In the race for the supervisor district three spot, Chico city councilwoman Tami Ritter is the leading candidate over Norm Rosene and Bob Evans with 53%.

"Yeah it's a lot of relief right now. Hopefully once all the mail-ins are counted, the vote is finalized, I'm hoping to be in the same position, that I'm not running in November," said Ritter.

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