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Chester vrogresswe, Westwooa VmeVress Wednesday, June 11, 2014 13A Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Plumas County's 43.45 percent voter turnout in the June 3 primary is the lowest that local election officials can recall, but it far surpassed the state's 18.3 percent, which was a historic low. Kathy Williams, the county's chief elections official, said she expected a lower turnout than usual, but was surprised at just how few people turned out to vote. She attributed that to a lack of local contested races, as well as state contests that hadn't garnered a lot of interest. Election night proved to be uneventful at the courthouse, with ballots arriving quickly from the precincts and results posted online by 9:25 p.m.8.48 percent of the vote, while However, it wasn't until the Berg received 123 votes for following afternoon that 8.84 percent. workers were able to verify Engel garnered the most and count the vote-by-mailvotes with 608 (43.71 percent) ballots dropped off at theand Judd finished second precincts, the provisionalwith 542 votes (38.96 percent). ballots and the write-in votes The morning after the for District 5 supervisor,primary, Judd took down his campaign signs and began District 5 runoff thinking about the November Three names appeared on runoff. the ballot: JonKennedy, Jeff Traditionally, campaigns Engel and Jim Judd. Early in slow over the summer and the campaign, Kennedy announced is intention to relocate and not seek a second term, paving the way for Judd or Engel to succeed him. Then in the waning days of the campaign, Clio resident Alice Berg filed as a write-in candidate. Despite his withdrawal, Kennedy received 118 votes, pick up momentum again after Labor Day. Judd plans to spend the ensuing months "working behind the scenes" by attending special district and Board of Supervisors meetings, as well as meeting with county department heads. His strategy moving forward is to show the voters the ere viole distinct differences between While Engel wasn't county supervisor." himself and his opponent, and surprised that he was the top He explained that it was a define his vision, vote earner, Kennedy said he few people at the eastern end "I want to show a distinct was surprised that he didn't of the county that prompted vision for the future of get more votes, even though his decision to leave. "I would Plumas County and what we he had announced his have dealt with it," Kennedy can do by diversifying the intention to move out of the said, but he couldn't ask his economic base," he said., area at the end of his term. family to do the same; they Engel said he wasn't "I thought it was good that wanted to escape the vitriol. surprised to be the top vote people were paying attention earner and said that if he and knew that I had stopped Other races hadn't been so busy working running," he said. "I guess All other county officials and could have devoted more people really read the ran unopposed, but that time to campaigning, the race newspaper." didn't mean they received 100 might have been decided in Kennedy isn't endorsing percent of the vote. Clerk the primary, either candidate, but may Recorder Kathy Williams Engel said he will continue decide to support one over the received the highest to meet with people over the other -- it's a distinction he percentage with 99.53 percent, summer and is optimistic clearly makes, while Superintendent of about winning in the Faced with the realizationSchools Micheline Miglis November runoff, that his time as a supervisor came in at 95.84 percent. "In this phase of my life, I will conclude at the end of the For a complete rundown of want to pay back the county year, Kennedy said, "This how Plumas County voted in for all it has given me," he whole decision was not easy. I the statewide and local races, said. absolutely loved the job of go to countyofplumas.com. nce classes Dan McDonald alternative sentence, voted to approve New Managing Editor Prince said as many as 45Beginnings as the county's dmcdonald@plumasnews.com people were close to completing new domestic violence class the 52-week program when provider. Court-ordered domestic the classes were halted last violence classes are scheduled year. He said those people Day Reporting Center to resume in Plumas County would be given priority when Prince told the committee beginning June 13. the classes resume, that the new Day Reporting The classes were abruptly The classes will be Center is close to opening. halted last year when the only conducted by New Beginnings The center provides a local provider moved out of of Chico. Prince said thevariety of services to low-risk the area. Chico company has "a offenders on court-ordered Acting Chief Probation significant and successful probation. Officer Dan Prince told the history of working with Butte It is moving to two Community Corrections County in a similar regard." locations on Harbison Street Partnership Executive The first Plumas class will near the courthouse. The DRC Committee last week that a include 12 people and be held was housed at The Resource Butte County company has at the probation department. Center on the west end of agreed to conduct the classes Prince said a second Main Street near Dame in Plumas County. 12-person class could begin Shirley Plaza until its lease "This is something that we soon -- possibly at the new expired April 30. are very excited about," Day Reporting Center in Sheriff Greg Hagwood said Prince said during the Quincy. he spoke with a nearby executive committee's May 28 Offenders who are orderedresident and a business meeting in Quincy. "I know into the program pay $30 per owner who "expressed the courts have been very week. However, the provider concern" over the center's eager to get this program offers a sliding fee scale, downtown location. started again." depending on a person's "It may be an educational Domestic violence classes ability to pay. thing where people need to are often ordered by the court The CCP's executive understand what exactly is as part of an offender's committee unanimously and isn't happening there," lx8-6' Placer Dog-Earred Cedar Fencing $1.85 each by the unit - --;~:.. .. ~, _~ ~ .~~ I $1.99 each by the piece 2x6 RL Economy Redwood s.39 a lineal foot by the unit only 2x6 RL Merch Heart Redwood s.79 a lineal foot by the unit s.99 a lineal foot by the piece while supplies last resume in Hagwood said. Live streaming : Alternative Sentencing The executive committee Coordinator Stephanie voted to approve live streaming Tanaka said she planned to of the monthly CCP meetings. meet with neighbors and Prince said he would business owners this week. consult with other She said she would give them departments to see about the a one-page document with possibility of a joint venture information and business to purchase the software and hours for the programs, a laptop computer needed to District Attorney David perform the live stream. Hollister emphasized the The software license former DRC location was also reportedly costs about $1,500. downtown and that its clients Mental Health Director are customers for local Peter Livingston, a member of businesses, the CCP executive committee, Prince said beautification said "having the video of the first building (28 archives available to all Harbison, adjacent to Sweet citizens at their own Lorraine's) is already convenience is a good thing." underway. The other location is 56 Harbison, the former Requests for funding Body & Soul building across Community partners have from the Quincy library, until June 13 to submit applications for funding. According to Prince, the CCP has received three applications requesting some of the county's $237,000 in Assembly Bill 109 money that was carried over from last fiscal year. The budget committee will consider the requests and make recommendations to the full executive committee. 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