BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Local unofficial results were posted overnight for California's presidential primary election, held Tuesday.
Jon McQuiston is stepping down as Kern County's 1st District supervisor, and eight candidates ran to replace him. With all 83 precincts reporting, as of 2:26 a.m., former Navy pilot and commander Mick Gleason garnered nearly 30 percent of the vote to lead the crowded field of candidates: former state Sen. Roy Ashburn, Daures Stephens, Dave Freeland, Sam Ramirez, Marshall Holloway, Heidi Carter-Escudero and Deborah Hess. Because no candidate earned more than 50 percent of the vote, Gleason and Ashburn - the No. 2 vote-getter with nearly 17 percent - will face each other in a November runoff.
Bakersfield City Council member David Couch earned more than 56 percent of the vote to beat Harley Pinson, a former attorney for the oil industry, in the 4th District, where Supervisor Ray Watson is retiring.
Former deputy public defender Leticia Perez got 52 percent of the vote to beat incumbent Karen Goh and Arvin Mayor Tim Tarver in the race for Kern County's 5th District seat. Goh was appointed in 2010 by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to fulfill the remainder of Michael Rubio's term on the Kern County Board of Supervisors.
Harvey Hall became Bakersfield's longest-serving mayor in an unopposed run for his fourth term.
Finally, Kern County's Measure G received voter approval and will allow medical marijuana dispensaries only in areas zoned for medium and heavy industrial use. It's an idea supervisors put before voters after an outright ban on dispensaries was blocked last fall.
Measure G passed with nearly 69 percent approval.