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UPDATE: Measure A fails; Trigg wins DA race

Wilson, Apperson headed to runoff; Doehle near 50 percent

Incumbent Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson celebrates encouraging early election returns at the Del Norte County Republican Party office. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Incumbent Del Norte County Sheriff Dean Wilson celebrates encouraging early election returns at the Del Norte County Republican Party office. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson spent the evening with family and supporters at Toreros, where he received word that he will head to a runoff election with incumbent Sheriff Dean Wilson. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson spent the evening with family and supporters at Toreros, where he received word that he will head to a runoff election with incumbent Sheriff Dean Wilson. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
With only 41 percent support, Measure A, an effort to get Del Norte County behind the movement to form a new state, lost by a wide margin, according to Tuesday’s final release of election returns, representing all precincts.

“It’s pretty amazing because I’ve been predicting 60 percent all along,” said Kevin Hendrick, campaign director of Keep It California - No on Measure A.

“I’m really proud of the people in this county for recognizing a bad deal when they see one,” Hendrick said. “I really hope the Board of Supervisors respect the will of the people.”

Aaron Funk, county coordinator for the Del Norte-Jefferson State Declaration Committee, could not be reached for comment.


District attorney

In the Del Norte County District Attorney contest, Dale Trigg has won, with 56 percent of voters backing him over former Del Norte District Attorney Bob Drossel. 

“I’m really honored to have the voters’ confidence. I’m very excited and thankful for all of my supporters, and I’m ready to get to work,” Trigg said Tuesday night.  

Trigg attributed his success to “overwhelming law enforcement support” and that “a lot of people really wanted someone with a fresh perspective — I think that idea got a lot of traction with the voters,” Trigg said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can and do the job to the best of my abilities.”

Drossel was “obviously disappointed” with the results but said that “life goes on.”

“I certainly want to thank everyone who voted for me, believed in me and helped me in the selection, and I congratulate Mr. Trigg for the win,” Drossel said.


Sheriff

In the Del Norte County Sheriff race, there will be a runoff election in November between incumbent Dean Wilson, who has 1,856 votes, and Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson, who has 1,720 votes. Former sheriff Jim Maready has 1,068 votes and Yurok Police Sgt. Butch Lee has 363.

Wilson said he was pleased overall with the result after final returns were in.

“I though it went well. Given the number of individuals in the race and the amount of work that was put into the election, I felt that it was going to be a runoff more than likely in November,” he said. “It’ll be a good November ballot, and between now and then it’ll be interesting to see what the voters decide.”

Watching returns with supporters at Toreros Restaurant on Tuesday night, Apperson said he was happy to advance.

“I feel good about that. Second is winning. I’ve got a good group of support here and we’re all enjoying ourselves,” he said.


Superior Court judge

In the three-way race for Del Norte County Superior Court judge, it’s too close to call whether incumbent Chris Doehle has won or will be headed to a runoff. With 48.6 percent — 2,381 votes — Doehle has a chance to clear 50 percent and avoid a runoff with Darren McElfresh after final mail and provisional ballots are counted. McElfresh has 1,774 votes and Dohn Henion has 729.

Preparing for the possibility of a runoff, Doehle said she was looking forward to “continuing the campaign and getting the word out. The feedback I’m getting is really positive, and I’m gratified by the endorsements I’ve gotten. I think that people are seeing the good job that I’m doing.”

McElfresh was “quite ecstatic” with Tuesday’s results, saying that “it appears to be that voters are not satisfied and want some change.”

He said he still has a lot of work to do and he is looking forward to a fall race in which he can continue to run a campaign that advocates being tough on repeat offenders “that commit crime after crime without any ramifications.”

Del Norte County Clerk/Recorder Alissia Northrup estimated there are a few hundred votes outstanding from mail and provisional ballots, and they will be tallied by Friday.

Read full election reports in Thursday’s Del Norte Triplicate.

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