Election results: Auburn City Council, Placer Bond Measure, Parks Board

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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Auburn has elected a new City Council member and a $42 million Placer High School bond measure is on its way to voter approval.

Attorney Sandra Amara finished second in a field of four Tuesday to take her place on City Council when she’s sworn in next month, with returning Councilmembers Matt Spokely and Daniel Berlant.

Spokely won a second, four-year term, topping the polls with 2,156 votes, or 30.31 percent.

Amara finished second with 1,944 votes (28.03 percent) and Berlant rounded out the list of winners with 1,810 votes (25.57 percent).

Finishing a distant fourth was Auburn business owner Chris Kershner, with 1,114 votes (15.66 percent).

Front-runner Spokely thanked his committee and friends for their dedication and support through the campaign.

“I had a great group of folks that helped out with the campaign and made it a lot of fun,” Spokely said. “I also have to thank my family for their tireless support and encouragement.  I am looking forward to putting the election behind us and getting back to work for our amazing city.”

Berlant, a Cal Fire employee, said he will continue his efforts to ensure public safety is a priority for the city.

“We have two major items to address immediately, which include getting a new police chief on board and saving three firefighter positions that are scheduled to be laid off in December,” Berlant said. “Even though we are in November our fire risk is practically year round and we need to save the three firefighter jobs so they can keep us safe.”

Berlant thanked voters for his successful re-election bid and expressed support for his fellow councilmembers.

“I’m extremely excited to see Sandy Amara elected to the council and look forward to another term with Matt Spokely,” Berlant said.

The Auburn Recreation District electorate gave a vote of confidence to incumbents Scott Holbrook and Jim Ferris.

With two seats open and a three-candidate race, Holbrook garnered 6,012 votes (41.9 percent) and Ferris was close behind with 5,536 (40.94 percent). Challenger Joe Fecko (2,744, 19.1 percent) was trailing by a wide margin.

The numbers and percentages reflect a 1 a.m. count today by the Placer County elections division that includes all precincts. Still to come is a final count.

Measure G, which promises funding for a Placer High School infrastructure upgrade through a $42.1 million bond, was on its way to passage. With 59.06 percent of the vote (4,923 votes) in favor, Measure G needs 55 percent ‘yes’ votes to pass.