Triplicate Staff

Measure A trails in early returns; Trigg in lead

With polls closed at 8 p.m., Del Norte County's first set of election returns shows Measure A trailing 1,195 to 1,711. Measure A asks voters if the county Board of Supervisors should support the proposed separation from California and formation of a new state, Jefferson.

"It's pretty amazing because I've been predicting 60 percent all along, but I was just making it up," said Kevin Hendrick, campaign director of Keep It California - No on Measure A. "But it's too early to say."

In the Del Norte County Sheriff race, incumbent Dean Wilson currently leads the pack with 1,127 votes; Crescent City Police Sgt. Erik Apperson has 932 votes; former sheriff Jim Maready has 671 and Yurok Police Sgt. Butch Lee has 176. If no candidate finishes with more than 50 percent, the top two vote getters will go to a runoff vote in November.

With 38 percent of the vote, Wilson said he was pleased with the results so far: "That's good. We'd love to be able to avoid this in (November)."

When asked about 2nd place, Apperson said, "I feel good about

that. Second is winning. I've got a good group of support here, and

we're all enjoying ourselves. We're just waiting to see what happens."

Apperson said he'll be at Torreros Restuarant until the final results come in.

In

the three-way race for Del Norte County Superior Court judge, incumbent

Chris Doehle currently leads with 1,463 votes; Darren McElfresh has 978

and Dohn Henion trails the group with 385.

The preliminary

results from mail-in ballots indicated that the race could avoid a

runoff election since Doehle has more than 51.6 percent of the vote.

"There's

still a ways to go, but we're pleased with the initial results," Doehle

said, adding that she was hoping to avoid a runoff.

In the Del Norte County District Attorney contest, which with only two candidates will be definitive tonight, public defender Dale Trigg leads 1,479 votes to 1,280 over former Del Norte District Attorney Bob Drossel.

This

first set of returns represents 2,981 mail ballots. There are a total

of 12,431 registered voters in the county, according to the

Clerk/Recorder's Office.

More results are expected to be released

periodically throughout the evening, and the Triplicate will continue

to update returns and candidate reaction throughout the night.

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