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Christianson defeats Rob Jackson in sheriff's contest
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Voter turnout on Tuesday of last week was dismal with many precincts but the big story locally was the re-election of Sheriff Adam Christianson over challenger Rob Jackson.

Christianson, a former Ceres police officer, collected 36,460 votes, or 57.3 percent, while Jackson, a Ceres High School graduate, took 26,904 votes, or 42.3 percent.

Gordon B. Ford held onto his seat as treasurer-tax collector with 51,739 votes with no challenger.

County clerk Lee Lundrigan handily dusted off her opponent, Terry Harwell, in a 48,516 to 12,718 outcome. The incumbent carried a whopping 78.9 percent of the vote.

Auditor-controller Lauren Klein won re-election with 36,372 votes over challenger Rick Dahlseid with 19,631 votes.

In the Superior Court judge race, Shawn Bessey failed to avoid a runoff with Nancy Williamsen. Bessey picked up 14,359 votes, or 23.78 percent while Williamsen had thne support of 12,579 voters, or 20.83 percent. Others in the race were Philip A. Pimentel, 6,596 votes (10.92 percent); Martha Carlton-Magana, 7,145 votes (11.83 percent); William Mussman, 9,998 votes (or 16.56 (percent); and Geoffrey Hutcheson, 9,456 votes (15.66 percent.)

District Attorney Birgit Fladagar collected 52,308 votes, or 98.34 percent, with no challenger.

County Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon, also unchallenged, picked up 49,939 votes, or 97.79 percent of the total.