The Humboldt County Elections Office finished tallying up the uncounted ballots from the June 8 election on Thursday, but not much has changed for November.
According to the post-election results report, runoff elections will still be required for the 4th and 5th District Humboldt County supervisor positions, the Humboldt County district attorney seat and the tax assessor seat.
Incumbent Supervisor Bonnie Neely and Eureka Mayor Virginia Bass will face off in the November election for the 4th District. Before this latest report was completed, it was unclear if Bass would take the race. She was close enough to catching 50 percent of the votes that the mail-in ballots could have tipped the balance to give her an outright win. But Bass received 47.38 percent of the votes, while Neely trailed behind at 31.68 percent.
Bass said the results announced Thursday were what she expected, although she had hoped she would get more than half the votes.
”Statistically speaking, it was a possibility,” Bass said. “Classically speaking, it was unlikely.”
Her campaign team will be taking a break next week, and will regroup for the second leg of the campaign cycle.
One difference may be the issues people focus on in the campaigns leading up to November. Bass said one issue that may receive more discussion is the Ridgewood Village development in Cutten.
Neely said that she was pleased with the outcome of the race. She said since the early absentee votes began to be counted, the scales tilted more in her direction, “and I think that trend will continue.”
”We will be running a great field campaign and getting our message to voters,” Neely said.
She said that the debates between now and November will help residents see the “clear differences” between the candidates and she expects a greater voter turnout in November.
In the 4th District, 46.46 percent of eligible voters filled out the ballot on June 8.
The election results also solidified the race for the 5th District.
Lost Coast Communications President Patrick Cleary made it to a runoff with businessman Ryan Sundberg. Cleary received 30.90 percent, narrowly beating 5th District Harbor Commissioner Pat Higgins, who received 26.57 percent. Sundberg's final count landed him with 39.02 percent.
Cleary said he hopes to gain the favor of Higgins' supporters before November.
”I think we're going to keep doing what we're trying to do -- get our word out. Hopefully, persuade a number of Pat Higgins' supporter that we're a logical place for them to go,” he said.
Sundberg said he is looking forward to the next few months.
”I'm excited to be in the runoff and to continue letting people in the 5th District know how passionate I am about the county,” he said. “And, continuing my plan of creating more opportunities for jobs and sustaining our quality of life that we all live here for.”
In the 5th District, 48.14 percent of eligible voters filled out the ballot on June 8.
The final results in the Humboldt County district attorney's seat and the Humboldt County assessor were similar to initial reports.
Incumbent District Attorney Paul Gallegos received 40.05 percent of the vote, and Allison Jackson received 37.07 percent.
For assessor, Mari Wilson received 38.83 percent of the vote and Johanna Rodoni received 34.46 percent.
For complete election results, visit online at www. co. humboldt. ca.us/election.