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Early election tallies predict all-woman Board of Supervisors for Napa County

Belia Ramos, Amber Manfree and Liz Alessio are leading the Napa County Supervisor races in the preliminary election results released by the Napa County Election Division after the polls closed on Tuesday.

Napa County employee, Claudia Marez, greets incoming voters at the Calistoga Community Center on Super Tuesday. Photo by Clark James Mishler.

Belia Ramos, Amber Manfree and Liz Alessio are leading the Napa County Supervisor races in the preliminary election results released by the Napa County Election Division after the polls closed on Tuesday.

For most races, locally and nationally the results will not be official until the end of March as votes are still being counted.

Napa County Registrar of Voters John Tuteur said updates to the results are scheduled for late afternoon on Friday, March 8.

The Napa Election Division anticipates the election will be certified during the week of March 25.

Approval of Prop. 1, the divisive state-wide mental health bond, was ahead by only a few hundred votes in the county, as of Tuesday. And Mike Thompson will surely continue to represent California’s 4th Congressional district.

While there were no Calistoga-specific measures on the ballot, three local measures were also key voting points for Napa County residents. In Yountville, Measure U, which would allow the town to increase its spending limit by $3 million between 2026-27, amassed major support. Measure D, proposed to construct an early learning center in the Howell Mountain Elementary School District, is still too close to call, with only a three-vote margin to pass. Measure U-Lake Berryessa Resort Improvement District is projected to pass in a landslide by as much as 75 percent of supporting votes.

Depending on where residents live in Napa County, some ballots did not contain a supervisor district vote, which was the case in Calistoga, part of District 3, represented by Anne Cottrell who was elected in 2022.

With three out of the five supervisor seats up for reelection, the six-candidate race was led by women, a first in Napa County history. In District 4, Amber Manfree, a geographer specializing in land usage, led former Napa City Councilmember Pete Mott by 53 to 47 percent of the votes, a razor-thin but leading margin.

“We are not going to call it until the final votes are in. I am very proud of our team,” Manfree said in a phone interview.

Projected to represent District 2, Napa City Councilmember Liz Alessio had a commanding lead with 77 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Doris Gentry, drew in 24 percent of supporters, tallying up 816 votes. District 2 covers most of the city of Napa west of Highway 29 and north into the nearing unincorporated areas.

Incumbent Belia Ramos is well on her way to representing District 5 for her third consecutive term. The only incumbent running for reelection for the Board of Supervisors, Ramos was ahead of American Canyon City Councilmember Miriam Aboudamous, 57 to 43 percent. Ramos had amassed 1,049 votes while Aboudamous drew in 675. District 5 covers American Canyon, Coombsville and the avenues, and the county industrial area.

“We are at a moment in time in the county of Napa where we need leadership and, above all, we need integrity,” Ramos said at her election night event in American Canyon. “I am incredibly proud of the campaign that we have run. When you campaign, you have a choice in how you are going to run that campaign and I have always made the choice of running with integrity because that’s what my mom and dad taught me,” she added as the crowd burst into cheers.

Elected supervisors will take office in January 2025. Alfredo Pedroza and Ryan Gregory are not running for reelection in their respective districts.

Proposition 1, the only state ballot measure, was a divisive issue for most Napa residents, as well as for the rest of the state. More than 53 percent of Napa residents voted “yes” and 46 percent voted “no” for the initiative, which authorizes $6.38 billion in bonds to build mental health treatment facilities and restructure funding from the Mental Health Services Act. Separated by fewer than a thousand votes in Napa, it is still too early to tell if the proposition will pass or fail.

Leading with more than 10,000 votes, Mike Thompson is projected to represent California’s 4th Congressional district. John Munn, the second runner-up, garnered fewer than half that number of votes.

To find out more about your current and projected district supervisors, measures, propositions and voting records, visit countyofnapa.org.

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