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Contra Costa County elections
Updated: December 04, 2014
Catharine Baker widens her leads to 5.2 percent over Tim Sbranti in final results for the 16th District Assembly race.  
 
Big wins across U.S. didn't carry over to California  
 
JIM STEVENS
Assemblymember-elect Catharine Baker, the first Republican the Bay Area has elected to the Legislature or Congress since 2006, will be in Democrats' 2016 cross-hairs.  
 
Chevron not only lost its horribly misguided attempt to buy the Richmond City Council and mayoral races, it lost its credibility with the community -- again.  
 
As of Wednesday evening's final vote count, pending an audit, Lori Droste beat George Beier by a scant 16 votes in a four-candidate race for the Berkeley District 8 City Council seat being vacated by Gordon Wozniak.  
 
ARIC CRABB
Sweeping vote for anti-Chevron candidates leaves three-term Councilman Rogers outside looking in  
 
ANDA CHU/Staff
Resident spearheading the effort learns that he'll have to start over after missing a deadline  
 
Voters nationwide approved $13 billion to fund parks, wildlife and open space measures, including in Silicon Valley, where Measure Q, a parcel tax, won passage, and in the East Bay  
 
Dan Rosenstrauch/Bay Area News Group
Cynthia Ruehlig, who lost her re-election bid to represent Area 5 on the Contra Costa County Board of Education, has filed a complaint with the district attorney alleging that her opponent, Jeff Belle, who won the election, filed false information in his election papers.  
 
Although incumbents Cheryl Hansen and Linda Mayo have not always agreed on issues in the past, they were both re-elected Tuesday, along with newly elected Bay Point parent Debra Mason, according to unofficial election results that do not include mail-in and provisional ballots not yet counted. After the election, Hansen, Mason and Mayo expressed appreciation to voters, but Hansen hinted that tensions could remain between herself and Mayo regarding board benefits.  
 
Contra Costa elections results have been updated with the counting of 70,000 mail-in ballots.  
 
Overshadowed by the headline-dominating demise of the slate of candidates backed by millions in Chevron Corp. campaign funding, Richmond voters on Nov. 4 approved s tax hike leaders say will transform the city by fixing craggy roads  
 
Nhat V. Meyer
As voting by mail makes tight races harder and harder to call, campaign consultants strive to fine-tune the science of projecting how not-yet-counted ballots will break -- and the art of advising candidates on when and how to pull the plug.  
 
Oakley councilwoman defeats Foley in contest for vacant park board seat  
 
Midterm elections are nearly always strange beasts, and this year was no exception. In California, for instance, we had a governor's race in which the challenger had little money to challenge and was forced to resort to being homeless in Fresno for a week just to attract some attention.  
 
Leonard Battaglia, first elected to the West County Wastewater District in 1975, finished far back in Tuesday's election, losing to two African-Americans.  
 
City council, school board hinge on uncounted votes; there may be some clarity Friday  
 
ARIC CRABB
Oil giant Chevron spent more than $3 million to try to tilt the balance of power on the Richmond City Council in favor of its mammoth refinery but got nothing for its efforts.  
 
County registrar said remaining vote-by-mail ballots to be counted by end of Friday, with another 13,000 provisional ballots to be tallied after that. The delay could leave some close races in limbo.  
 
Low voter turnouts and other surprises defined 2014 political races.  
 
With a slim lead, Republican Catharine Baker is reluctant to celebrate until all ballots are counted.  
 
RAY CHAVEZ
City Councilwoman Libby Schaaf rolls over the rest of the field on her way to unseating incumbent Mayor Jean Quan.  
 
It won't relieve the current drought -- only rain and conservation can do that. But the gusher of tax dollars could fund new pipelines in Bay Area neighborhoods, groundwater cleanup in the San Fernando Valley, clean tap water in East Porterville, creek protections in the Sierra and a new dam on the San Joaquin River.  
 
Incumbant and first-time councilmember say fighting crime is their first order of business  
 
Voters elected incumbent Madeline Kronenberg and challengers Elizabeth Block and Valerie Cuevas to the West Contra Costa school board, ousting incumbent Elaine Merriweather in a crowded, expensive race that also included six other challengers.  
 
Incumbents Cheryl Hansen and Linda Mayo, along with Bay Point parent Debra Mason, beat out three other challengers in the race for three seats in the Mt. Diablo school district.  
 
Walter Ruehlig and Debra Vinson will be Antioch school board's new trustees.  
 
One longtime incumbent is out in Martinez, and another's ouster is threatened in Pleasant Hill.  
 
Voters overwhelmingly support incumbents and give the third seat to Marilyn Craft.