5th District race comes down to final votes
by Peter Burke
Nov 08, 2012 | 6898 views | 3 3 comments | 836 836 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eric Hammer spends time at his election party at Don Quixote's in Felton on election day.
Eric Hammer spends time at his election party at Don Quixote's in Felton on election day.
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Bruce McPherson chats during his election party at Cowboy Diner in Felton on Tuesday.
Bruce McPherson chats during his election party at Cowboy Diner in Felton on Tuesday.
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After election night, Tuesday, Nov. 6, only 26 votes separated the two candidates in the race for Santa Cruz County Supervisors 5th District.

And on Wednesday, Nov. 7, there were at least 28,000 votes county-wide that are still to be counted the results are anything but final.

On Tuesday, with all precincts reporting, Bruce McPherson held the lead in votes over Eric Hammer for county supervisor — 8,798 to 8,772.

“I feel really good about it,” Hammer said. “We ran an amazing campaign. I kept it really clean, and the volunteers working with me worked really hard. The community stepped up. It’s anybody’s race at this point.”

County Clerk Gail Pellerin said Wednesday that 12,244 mail-in votes were delivered to the polls on Election Day and 8,092 provisional ballots were cast. All have yet to be tallied.

In addition, about 32,000 of the 40,000 mail-in ballots received by Election Day were tallied, leaving about 8,000 uncounted.

Pellerin said her department was aiming to update the vote count by the middle of the week — Nov. 14 or 15.

Pellerin said she did not yet know how many votes were left to count in the 5th District.

“In the end, we’ll probably hand-count every ballot (in the district), because it’s such a close race,” she said.

Hammer and McPherson both held campaign parties in Felton on Tuesday evening. Hammer was at Don Quixote’s until about midnight, and McPherson was at Cowboy Diner. McPherson did not return a call Wednesday seeking comment.

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Tony Santiago
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November 16, 2012
Relief. What a huge relief.
done for good
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November 16, 2012
well it looks like Hammer is done thank God. the other paper that actually prints news has all but called the race for Bruce.

It is said how nast this campaign had gotten i hope in the future the unions and the valley womens club will realize the bulling vandalism and lieing will not carry the day.

perhaps the state attorney generals office will look into the non profit status of the Valley womens club thy have clearly exposed them selfs as a political pac and perhaps the attiring general office will look at the no bid contracts that the valley womens club have gotten for so many years from the county to run the recycling center and use those funds to funnel to campaigns such as Hammers. Its time to clean house in the Valley and support organization and people with integrity. The bulling and corruption must be washed away like a good winter storm.
Time to investigate
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November 16, 2012
The Valley Women's club's non profit status should be reviewed.

I think rules should be followed and if not someone should be held accountable.


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