Union Staff Report
HUMBOLDT – A measure that bans the growing of genetically modified organisms in Humboldt County was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday.
Measure P passed by a landslide, with preliminary election totals of 17,029 yes votes, or 59.43 percent, compared to 11,624 no votes, or 40.57 percent.
Measure Z, the county-wide half cent sales tax increase for public safety, also received strong voter approval, passing with 15,823 yes votes, or 55.41 percent. The opposition to Measure Z trailed behind, with 12,723 no votes at 44.59 percent.
In the race for three seats on the Arcata City Council, the winners are Paul Pitino, Sofia Pereira and Mark Wheetley.
There were two separate races for the three seats.
Pitino faced Ryan Kaplan for a single two-year seat on the council. Pitino won by a landslide with 1,904 votes, or 67.49 percent, compared to Kaplan, who received 860 votes, or 30.49 percent.
Five candidates ran for two four-year seats on the Arcata City Council – Patrick Hyland, Sofia Pereira, Jason Carr, Mark Wheetley and Juan Daniel Fernandez.
The winners were Pereira, the top vote-getter, with 2,030 votes, or 39.04 percent and Wheetley, with 2,000 votes, or 38.46 percent.
Fernandez trailed with 669 votes, or 12.87 percent, followed by Carr, with 220 votes, or 4.23 percent, and Hyland, with 200 votes, or 3.85 percent.