By David M. Greenwald
Davis, CA –Dan Ramos has now conceded that Measure H will fail, expressing disappointment in the outcome and the low turnout, offering the belief that with larger turnout, there might have been a different result.
“Obviously we are disappointed with the outcome on Measure H. We believe that it is more reflective of low voter turnout than the sentiment of the community overall. Had voter turnout been greater, we think the result would likely have been different. We continue to believe in our project and the many benefits it would bring to Davis,” Ramos said.
Early on Wednesday, Gene Endicott, spokesperson for the Yes on H campaign, told the Vanguard with a lot of ballots still outstanding, the campaign was going to withhold comment until things become more clear. Endicott on Thursday morning via email indicated that the campaign will have more to say later.
There have been no new tallies posted on the county website since the one just before 1 am on Wednesday morning, which showed out of 11,166 votes case around a three thousand vote lead, 63.5 to 36.5 percent. Even if there were another 10,000 votes outstanding, Measure H would have to win about 65 percent of them in order to win–and while that appears unlikely, we did see a parcel tax make up remarkable ground late to win.
In statement from Councilmember Dan Carson, he said, “While I am disappointed by the election results, I congratulate the No on H committee on their hard-fought campaign and I accept and respect the apparent decision of Davis voters to disapprove Measure H. Looking forward, I’m hopeful that our community can come together and find common ground for building a more sustainable, welcoming, and vibrant Davis.”
Carson who was at the center of controversy for his role in filing the writ against the No on H campaign, declined to comment on any role that his action may have played in the final result. However, the margin of defeat this time appears to be far larger than it was in the fall of 2020 when the larger project lost by just 1200 votes.
Carson noted, at some point, the campaign itself would make a statement–and to this point, the No on H campaign has not issued a statement.