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Siskiyou County election results: Kobseff, Carver, Olson hold their leads

Jessica Skropanic
Mount Shasta Herald
Siskiyou County voters decide which candidate wins in three contested local races in the statewide primary on June 7, 2022.

Results are rolling in after Siskiyou County voters cast their ballots on Election Day.

Voter turnout was low for a June election — as it was throughout the state, Siskiyou County Clerk Laura Bynum said minutes before the polls closed at 8 p.m., but everything went smoothly at the polls on Tuesday.

Voters decided on three contested local races in the statewide primary and on Measure P.

1 p.m. Thursday: Election update

As of Wednesday afternoon, 8,722 ballots were counted, the election office reported. That's 30% of 28,941 eligible voters in the county.

More ballots are trickling in this week, including mail-in, drop-off and provisional ballots.

Some ballots postmarked by June 7 could arrive later this month, including ballots from:

  • County voters who are overseas 
  • U.S. military personnel stationed abroad
  • County voters who dropped off at polling places and drop boxes in other California counties

Siskiyou County voters can expect to learn final results from Tuesday’s primary by July 7, the last day for California county election officials to certify results, according to the state.

Here are how contested elections and one measure are faring:

  • Incumbent Michael N. Kobseff earned 57.86% of the vote in the supervisor race for District 3. His opponent Matthew Warren Hilliard won 42.14% of the vote.
  • Allen Carver leads in the Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools race with 59.41% of the vote. His opponent Marie Caldwell received 40.59%.
  • Diane Olson swept the Siskiyou County Auditor-Controller race with 95.75% of the write-in vote. Her opponent Craig A. Mommer received 4.25%.
  • Siskiyou County voters rejected Measure P with 59.83% voting against it and 40.17% voting for it.

11:40 p.m. Tuesday: Kobseff, Carver, Olson hold lead in contested races

All 57 Siskiyou County precincts checked in, according to the Siskiyou County Clerk's office.

"Even though margins are wide," we're not calling any races yet, Siskiyou County Clerk Laura Bynum said late Tuesday night.

As of Bynum's last report Tuesday night, Michael Kobseff held his lead in the race for Siskiyou County Supervisor, District 3 with 57.3% of the vote. His opponent Matthew Warren Hilliard received 42.7%.

Hilliard posted a video message on YouTube congratulating Kobseff on his (unofficial) win and thanking his constituents. "I hope that he (Kobseff) can look at the numbers and see that we (had) a strong showing (for) a new direction for this district," Hilliard said.

Allen Carver held the lead in the Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools race with 60.17% of the vote. His opponent Marie Caldwell received 39.83%.

Diane Olson swept the Siskiyou County Auditor-Controller race with 96.22% of the write-in vote. Her opponent Craig A. Mommer received 3.78%.

"I'm excited about the next four years — and honored to serve," Olson said Tuesday night.

More than 59% of voters rejected Measure P while 41.81% voted for it.

10:55 p.m. Tuesday: Kobseff, Carver, Olson continue to lead

With ballots from 41 of the county's 57 precincts counted, Diane Olson remains in a strong lead in the race for Siskiyou County Auditor-Controller, according to the Siskiyou County Clerk's office. Olson received 95.07% of the votes.

With 16 precincts yet to check in, it's unlikely there are enough votes to shift the balance — but only 406 people in the 41 precincts voted in this race.

"With the write in candidacy, not that many people knew to vote," Olson said.

Still in the lead in the race for Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools, Allen Carver has 61.17% of the vote compared to 38.83% for Marie Caldwell.

The closest of the three contested races is that of Siskiyou County Supervisor, District 3. With nine out of 10 precincts counted, Michael Kobseff kept his lead with 57.02% of the vote over Matthew Warren Hilliard with 42.98%. 

More than 58% of voters in the 41 precincts rejected Measure P while almost 42% voted for it.

8:45 p.m. Tuesday: Early results show Kobseff, Carver, Olson leading

Early results show Michael Kobseff ahead in the Siskiyou County Supervisor, District 3 race, according to the Siskiyou County Clerk's office. Kobseff garnered with 55.72% of the vote, and Matthew Warren Hilliard 44.28%. That's after two of the 10 precincts returned ballots and mail-in ballots were counted.

Allen Carver is ahead in the race for Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools. Carver has 62.44% of the vote compared to Marie Caldwell's 37.56%. That's after the county tallied mail-in ballots and ballots from 22 of the 57 precincts.

"Obviously we'd love to see that (lead) continue through the night, but with 35 precincts (yet to check in) we're cautiously optimistic," Carver said.

Early results show Diane Olson in a clear lead in for Siskiyou County Auditor-Controller — with 95.47% of the vote and Craig A. Mommer with 4.53% of the vote. Voters had to write in their choice of candidate for this race. Again, that's with mail-in ballots and ballots from 22 of the 57 precincts tallied.

In early results, 57.96% of voters rejected Measure P while 42.4% supported it.

Original story: Contested races to watch in Siskiyou County

On Tuesday, Siskiyou County voters decided on three contested local races in the statewide primary.

District 3 Supervisor Michael Kobseff faces a challenge from Matthew Hilliard. Marie Caldwell and Allan Carver are vying for the job of schools superintendent. Diane Olson and Craig Mommer are write-in candidates in the auditor-controller race. On the ballot is a measure that, if passed, would make the auditor-controller, which is elected, an appointed position.

Siskiyou County and other North State counties also vote in the Assembly District 1 and California's U.S. Congressional District 1 races.

Siskiyou County Supervisor, District 3

Candidates for Siskiyou County Supervisor, District 3 on June 7, 2022. Left to right: Matthew Warren Hilliard and Michael N. Kobseff.

Social worker Matthew Warren Hilliard and incumbent Michael N. Kobseff face off in the supervisor race for District 3, which covers the Weed area.

The person elected will work with supervisors in Siskiyou County's four other districts to oversee county government for the next four years. The board write policies, oversees department budgets and performs other legislative functions.

Issues facing the next supervisor include fire prevention, illegal cannabis grows, balancing the budget and water allocation to agriculture and residential areas.

More:California primary FAQs, candidates: How to vote in Siskiyou County on Election Day, June 7

Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools

Candidates for Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools on June 7, 2022. Left to right: Allan Carver and Marie Caldwell.

Educators Marie Caldwell and incumbent Allan Carver are running for Siskiyou County Superintendent of Schools.

The superintendent oversees educational programs for students in preschool to 12th grade throughout the county including special education for students with moderate to severe disabilities, support for foster kids, Early Head Start and after-school programs. He or she also implements state laws and guidelines, helps districts deal with emergency situations and maintains fiscal oversight of each school district's budget.

The next superintendent will deal with drops in enrollment, staff shortages, staff training and support for social emotional learning programs and problems like Weed Union School District's $8 million debt. They'll also monitor school districts' spending of COVID relief funds and how they catch up students who fell behind academically during distance learning in 2020 and 2021.

More:'A self-induced problem': Weed Union School District is clinging to solvency. How'd this happen?

Siskiyou County Auditor-Controller

Candidates for Siskiyou County Auditor-Controller on June 7, 2022. Left to right: Diane Olson and Craig Mommer.

The Siskiyou County auditor-controller ensures money from taxes is used in accordance with the law. He or she provides auditing, financial and accounting services to county departments, agencies and other organizations.

Voters wrote in their choice for auditor-controller to vote in this race.

When Diane Olson filed for candidacy, county officials determined that the state's changes to the position's qualifications precluded her from running. On March 29, the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors voted to change the job's qualifications, removing state requirements and allowing Olson to run. By then it was too late for candidates to get their names printed on the ballot or submit statements to the booklet sent to registered voters.

Olson ran unopposed until May 25 — the last day to file candidacy, when veteran and retiree Craig A. Mommer threw his hat into the ring.

Freelance journalist Skip Descant contributed to this story.

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Measure P

If Measure P passes, the job of Siskiyou County auditor-controller would become an appointed one instead of an elected position. 

It would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2027 — after the person elected to the position finishes their four-year term.

Where to go for election results

Read up-to-date results on races on the Siskiyou County ballot.

Jessica Skropanic is a features reporter for the Record Searchlight/USA Today Network. She covers science, arts, social issues and entertainment stories. Follow her on Twitter @RS_JSkropanic and on Facebook. Join Jessica in the Get Out! Nor Cal recreation Facebook group. To support and sustain this work, please subscribe today. Thank you.