WATSONVILLE — A trio of Democrats — Rep. Sam Farr, Sen. Bill Monning and Assemblyman Luis Alejo — each claimed victory in their individual races, according to the California Secretary of State website.
In the 17th Senate District, Monning beat Republican challenger Larry Beaman, 76 percent to 23 percent.
In the 30th Assembly District, Alejo beat Republican challenger Rob Bernosky, 73 percent to 26 percent.
In the U.S. House of Representatives race, Farr handily beat Republican challenger Jeff Taylor, 80 percent to 19 percent.
On Tuesday night in Watsonville, Alejo said he looks forward to continue to work hard for the Pajaro Valley.
His major goals are economic development and bringing jobs to Watsonville and the Salinas Valley.
At the state level, one of his main goals is having a balanced budget. He also considers water quality a top priority in the state.
“Everyone should be able to turn on their faucet and have clean water come out of it,” Alejo said.
Regarding the presidential outcome and other races, he said it was “very exciting. A resounding victory for Obama and the City Council.”
“I am honored to have won the confidence of a broad majority of voters in the new 17th Senate District,” Monning said.
Monning’s district includes all of Santa Cruz and San Luis Obispo counties and parts of Monterey and Santa Clara counties, an area larger than the state of Connecticut, with a population of 950,000.
“I will continue to place a high priority on constituent services in all four counties,” he said.
County hotel tax hike passes
Santa Cruz County voters demonstrated strong support for Measure N, which would raise the hotel tax to 11 percent, up from 9.5 percent.
With all precincts reporting (but the numbers not official), Measure N passed with 72 percent of the vote, or 54,929 voters in support. The no votes were 27.8 percent, or 21,241.
The revenues would go into the county’s general fund, which officials say would limit further cuts to essential services such as police and fire, parks and recreation and more.
The tax has the support of the county’s hospitality industry. It would apply to lodging establishments in unincorporated areas of the county.
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