Oakdale sales tax extension has big lead. Ceres school board challenger surges

Election night returns showed overwhelming support in Oakdale for extending a half-percent sales tax for city services.

Meanwhile, challenger Brian De La Porte was well ahead of incumbent Jim Kinard for the Ceres Unified School District board.

The Stanislaus County Election Office released an update at 10:10 p.m. Tuesday that includes all mail ballots received before Tuesday and many of those cast on Election Day. It still has to count mail ballots that reach the office within three days, along with provisional ballots, which need to have signatures or other information verified.

This off-year election was an especially light one, with races also in the Hart-Ransom Union School District and the Keyes Community Services District. Most locales have switched to even-year elections, meaning hefty ballots in March and November 2020.

Oakdale’s tax proposal, Measure H, had 1,266 votes in favor, or 74 percent, to 452 votes against in the 10:10 p.m. report. It needs a simple majority. The measure would extend for 11 years a tax increase first enacted in 2011 to help pay for police, fire and other services.

The Ceres school race is in the trustee area generally north of Hatch Road. De La Porte had 245 votes, or 64 percent, to 140 votes for Kinard.

The Hart-Ransom district has two seats up for election. Incumbent Seth Renicker led the way with 116 votes. Shawn Brunk was second with 104 votes, Andy Alderson third with 98, and Matt Dubbs fourth with 76.

The Keyes Community Services District has two seats on the ballot. Incumbents Davie Landers and Mike Bernal were tied at 71 votes. Challenger Cody Knee was close behind with 68.

John Holland covers breaking news and has been with The Modesto Bee since 2000. He has covered agriculture for the Bee and at newspapers in Sonora and Visalia. He was born and raised in San Francisco and has a journalism degree from UC Berkeley.