Election Night in Thousand Oaks

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By William Hicks

I am more comfortable behind a camera than a pen, so be patient with me. I headed out to the Republican Headquarters in Thousand Oaks around 6:30 so that I would be ahead of the crowd that was expected at 7:30. I far underestimated my timing as the room was at least partially filled by the time I got there.

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Waiting for election results

People were still on the phone banks encouraging people to get out and vote. One particular caller, Tom Hunt, held out to the bitter end calling people in Thousand Oaks to go vote. Just before his last call, he told me that he even had three people that he contacted that had forgotten to go vote. With a smile of the satisfaction that he had done his job well, he turned to watch FOX News with the rest of us.As I scanned the scene I saw Rob McCoy with his Grandson, Oliver Churchill Stevens and just had to take a picture. The crowd began to grow as we approached the countdown of State results for the Presidential Election. 

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Thousand Oaks Councilman Rob McCoy with his Grandson

I had expected to see some successes but not at the level that was realized. Rob McCoy acted as an Master of Ceremonies and was first to notify all of us, early in the evening, that The New York Times gave Donald Trump a 95% chance of winning the election. The crowd roared with excitement. It didn’t take long before we heard about Florida. Then we heard the call from Paul Ryan congratulating Donald Trump shortly before  Hillary Clinton made her personal congratulations call to Donald.

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Councilmen Al Adams and Rob McCoy, both winners

 

I was really interested in the down ticket. I didn’t pay much attention to the Measures or Propositions, but Locally there were some successes with Thousand Oaks City Council and The Conejo School Board. The incumbents with the Thousand Oaks City Council, Al Adam and Rob McCoy, came in at a comfortable win. Unfortunately, Kerry Nelson and Rafael Dagneses did not. They were two people that had their first experience running for political office. I expect to see them in future elections. Steve Fazio’s election who did not win his bid for the 27th District which stradles Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. 

Well, this was quite an evening, to say the least. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen an election where the President was determined so quickly. I believe there was surprise with the results of the presidential election from both Republican and Democrat corners. Let me end by saying what my Mother used to say…..”In The United States, Anyone Can Become President.” This is the first President,  that I know of, that was elected and had no previous Political experience.  He has heard the call that business as usual is no longer accepted by United States Citizens.

 

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Sandy Everett, Conejo School Board

Photo Credits: William Hicks

 

William Hicks is a long time resident of Newbury Park and is retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District


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One Response to Election Night in Thousand Oaks

  1. William "Bill" Hicks November 9, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    ONE OBSERVATION NEEDS TO BE NOTED…..I don’t know what other political headquarters were like, but at the Thousand Oaks Republican Headquarters there was a mix of races and a nearly even balance between men, women and youth.

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