Despite an assumption that Inyo and Mono county residents are polar opposites, politically, the differences started disappearing last election and continued during Tuesday’s primary elections.
Here are the preliminary results as of midnight.
Both counties went with Gavin Newsom in the governor’s race, Kermit Jones for the
House of Representative seat and Alex Padilla for the Senate. Jones will have to run against
runner-up Kevin Kiley in November and Padilla will face off against Mark Meuser.
Mono County’s Supervisorial and Sheriff elections were cut-and-dried. District 1
Supervisor Jennifer Kreitz ran unopposed. In the District 5 race, Linda Salcido, currently on the
Mammoth Town Council, beat Steve Guthrie decisively 297 to 57. Mono Sheriff Ingrid Braun
was far ahead of challenger Al Davis, Mammoth Police Department chief with 1,356 vs 267.
These are the preliminary numbers.
None of Inyo County candidates for two Supervisorial seats and Sheriff pulled off 50-
percent of the vote, so the final decision will come in the November general election. Jeff
Gabriel held a small lead over Trina Orrill for the District 1 seat pulling in 38.4-percent vs 33-
percent of the votes cast. Carl Hoelscher was running third at 28.6-percent.
The margins were also close in the race for District 3 with Scott Marcellin ahead with
31.8-percent of the votes tallied; Kody Jaeger with 26.1-percent; Todd Vogel, 24.2-percent and
David Lent with 17.8-percent.
Less than five percentage points separate Eric Pritchard (37.1) and Stephanie Rennie
(32.4) in the race for Inyo County Sheriff, so that spot will be determined in November. Runner-
ups were Joe Vetter with 24.8-percent and Kelvin Johnston at 5.6-percent.
KSRW will keep checking in with Inyo and Mono’s Registrar of Voters until the final,
official numbers are determined.