Election night: Voters, torn signs and a last-minute push

We’ve been talking to voters tonight at polling places. Here’s a sampling of Measure H stuff:

•David Meyer, 48, said he intended to vote for Measure H as he headed into the Oakwood Elementary School polling place in north Stockton. But he said it was a difficult decision: He has many friends who are firefighters. “I believe that this should be put in the hands of our elected leaders,” he said, referencing the balance of power Measure H seeks.

•Shannon Faris-Parnell, 60, voted no on H. She said firefighters took the time to explain their side of the issue outside her home and that she appreciated their arguments. “They do a thankless job, and personally I don’t think they’re overpaid,” she said.

•Byron Lang, 63, supported Measure H. But he didn’t expect it to pass. “It will be a no, because people don’t understand it,” he said. Lang, a retiree who spends much of his time umpiring baseball games, said he has friends who are firefighters. “You appreciate what they do. But we can’t afford it (the status quo),” Lang said.

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District 1 City Council candidate Xochitl Paderes has been frustrated all day finding campaign signs torn up in some locations. She took one of the vandalized signs and stood in the corner of March Lane and Pacific Avenue today. On my way to City Council tonight, I spotted such a sign at the corner of Eight Mile Road and Thornton Road:

torn sign

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Sounds like fire union members are out in large numbers tonight campaigning against Measure H before the polls close. The union’s antique fire truck has been spotted out and about, for instance.

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